FREMONT – Just when it looked like the Fremont Ross softball team had seen a victory slip away on Senior Night, the Lady Giants battled back.
Ross saw Toledo Central Catholic rally with four runs in the top of the seventh inning and to send the game into extra innings. Then the Irish took the lead in the top of the eighth inning and was one out away from handing the Lady Giants a loss.
But with Kayla Rich on second base, Kaylee Dodson reached base on a Central fielding error. Rich then scored on a passed ball to once again tie the game. Maci Figley and Audrianna Melchor both walked to load the bases. Alexis Flores then hit a ball up the middle which Central failed to field cleanly, driving in Dodson for the game-winning run in a 10-9 thriller. .
“The girls fought hard the entire game, never giving up,” coach Megan Turner said.
“It was a great team victory (at) last to honor our seniors.”
Ross appeared in control early on, taking a 5-1 lead through three innings. Central narrowed the deficit to 5-4 midway through the fifth inning. The Lady Giants appeared to put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Rich worked a walk and advanced to third base on a steal and a wild pitch. A dropped third stroke allowed Jakaia Harper Horn to reach base and Rich to score. Back-to-back base hits followed by Malayah Horn and Dodson to score two more runs to give Ross an 8-4 lead before Central staged its seventh-inning comeback.
Dodson went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. Rich went 1-2 with a triple and three runs scored. Figley drove in a pair of RBIs while Melchor went 2-4 with an RBI at the plate while pitching all eight innings, allowing six hits and one walk. While she allowed nine runs, only one was earned as Ross’ defense did itself no favors by committing eight errors.
“Kayla Rich stepped up and played well behind the plate,” Turner said. “Alexis Flores played a great game hitting the ball well and fielded her position.”
Rich and Flores, along with fellow senior Emily Morris, were recognized before the game Tuesday as part of Senior Night activities.
The Lady Giants are now 5-16 overall, 2-8 in the TRAC and host Oregon Clay on Wednesday.