DANVILLE — With the game tied at eight runs apiece heading into the sixth inning of a double-header Saturday in Danville, the Blue Devils poured on six runs in the final two innings to down the Fredericktown Freddies 14-8.
“We told the girls we were going to have to dig really deep,” Danville coach Jill Lyons said. “We told them to get up there, get base hits, get on and do what we need you to do.”
Daleigh Parker scored the first run of the sixth inning with CeCe Newbold reaching first on an error. With the bases loaded, Carley Seitz had a huge smack to the fence to bring three around to score to push the lead to 12-8. Kaitlynn Briggs, who went 5 of 5 on the day, had a huge double in the seventh to score another two and set the final score at 14-8.
The Blue Devils had a strong start, with McKinley Alberts and Jasmine Anderson scoring off the bats of Briggs and Bobbi Berger to quickly put the Freddies in an early 2-0 hole. Danville doubled up on its lead with Anderson scoring again and Hannah Duncan coming around to push the lead to 4-0 in the top of the third.
Fredericktown held strong and had two big innings in the game, scoring three in the third and five in the fifth. With Sydney Sansom and Ashlee Montalvo aboard, Alyssa Perkins hit a bomb over the fence in left to cut the lead to 4-3 heading into the fourth. Danville continued to creep ahead in the fourth, plating another three runs on a pair of singles from Parker and Briggs.
The Freddies faced a 7-3 deficit in the bottom of the fourth, before their biggest output of the day. Aria Hoeflich hit a single to score Kayleigh Beheler to kick off the fireworks. Two at-bats later, Montalvo had a double to score Hoeflich, Morgan Mowery and Shelby Hughes to tie the game at seven. A hit by Perkins brought Montalvo around and she touched home plate before the tag was applied to Perkins at second to give the Freddies their first lead of the game.
Alberts singled in the fifth for the Blue Devils to score Newbold to knot the game at eight, and then it was all Danville for the remaining two innings. Fredericktown was limited to three baserunners in the final three frames.
“We are a very mental team, and if we’re not producing at the plate, it carries over to defense, and that was very clear today,” Fredericktown coach Montana Huvler said.
Briggs, who worked behind the plate on defense, led the Blue Devils at the plate on offense with five hits and five RBI. Four of her hits were doubles. Alberts had four hits, three runs and an RBI, while Parker and Duncan each kicked in a pair of hits and a pair of runs apiece. Seitz’s double earned her three RBI, while Berger had two RBI on one hit. Newbold, Aubrey Dawson and Keaura Shilling each had a base hit, with four combined runs.
Brittney Holt started the game in the circle, going five innings with 11 hits, eight earned runs, two strikeouts and two walks to her credit. Newbold came on in relief and shut down the Freddies, giving up one hit while fanning one during two innings of work.
“Our pitchers just stayed mentally tough this week,” Lyons said. “We played Tuesday through today and I’m just really proud of our team for coming together through the adversity.”
Perkins not only had a huge hit with her homer, but she had the most hits for Fredericktown, with three, including a double. She also had four RBI and a run. Montalvo kicked in two hits, three RBI and two runs. Hoeflich, Sansom, Beheler, Hughes and Mowery each had a hit and a run, while Alexis Curry and Falon Smith each chipped in a base hit.
Mowery started on the rubber for the Freddies, lasting three innings. She surrendered 10 hits and six earned runs, while accounting for three strikeouts. Perkins hurled four relief innings with eight hits, three earned runs, seven strikeouts and a walk.
Danville found success in the first game of the twinbill as well, winning 7-3 as the home team in the earlier game Saturday. Fredericktown plated the first run in the top of the first, but that lead quickly evaporated with two Danville runs in the last of the inning on a two-RBI double from Duncan, scoring Alberts and Briggs.
The Blue Devils scored another run in the second, before tacking on three in the third. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Berger, Newbold and Seitz each scored a run to nudge the lead to 6-1. Another run in the fourth added to the Danville lead. Fredericktown notched two runs in the sixth on a two-RBI single from Sansom that scored Mowery and Cierra Nuttall, but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference.
Alberts and Briggs each had a pair of hits in the opening game to lead the Blue Devils and each scored two runs. Parker, Duncan, Berger, Newbold, Seitz and Shilling each had a hit in the game and Duncan led the way with two RBI.
Newbold spent all seven innings in the circle for Danville, giving up seven hits and three earned runs, while loading her stat line with 11 strikeouts and seven walks.
Perkins again had a stellar game at the plate for Fredericktown, recording three hits. Sansom had two hits and two RBI, while Hoeflich added a hit and a run. Emma Hatfield had the third RBI in the contest.
Montalvo kicked off the game pitching, allowing seven hits and four earned runs, while fanning two. Perkins pitched three innings of relief with three hits, an earned run and a walk to her credit.
Danville upped its record to 7-2 on the year with a 5-1 mark in the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference. The Blue Devils’ next action comes on the road Thursday against Cardington, with a first pitch at 5:15 p.m.
Fredericktown was 4-0 heading into Saturday, so now it now carries a 4-2 record overall and in the league. The Freddies have a quick turnaround, playing tonight at home against Marion Harding at 5:15 p.m.
“We’re still early in this season,” Huvler said. “We have what it takes to play long into the postseason and every day is a choice. For us, it’s do you want to move forward, or do you want to stay where you’re at.”