SHINGLE SPRINGS — Courtnie Hauck’s towering triple to right field drove in Bailey Nordquist from first base as host Ponderosa edged Union Mine 3-2 in intra-county non-league softball action Wednesday.
“It’s really exciting. I had confidence in myself to get up there, saw the runner at first, went with an outside pitch and it soared,” Hauck said.
Hauck, who entered in the sixth inning, hit her game-winner in the bottom of the eighth. She had two hits off the bench for the Lady Bruins as did Nordquist who reached on an infield single to lead off.
“One thing we talk about is that we want every player to participate and contribute off the bench,” Ponderosa coach Dwayne Brekke said. “Union Mine played extremely well — both teams had big hits.”
The Bruins might have won it in regulation had they not squandered a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh that stranded Melissa Silveira, Taylor Eilders and Terra Jerpbak. D’back pitcher Sarah Phillis induced two shallow fly-outs and a groundout to send it to extras.
The Bruins dodged a bullet in the top of the eighth when Union Mine’s Shyanne Winje tripled to open and with one out was cut down at the plate when Roni Greene scooped Rachel Timberman’s low throw and applied the tag.
The D’backs scored twice in the fourth to break up the scoreless duel between Phillis and Ponderosa’s Paris Hallums. An error allowed Phillis to reach and she came all the way around on Jessica Dager’s two-run home run to deep left. Both Dager and Hallums are slated to be college teammates at Simpson College.
“It was a tough battle (against Hallums) but it was a ball up in the zone,” Dager said. “It was a game-changer and made my day.
Relay throws kept both teams off the board in the early innings. Union Mine’s Laura Dager was cut down trying to stretch a double into a triple and Greene was thrown out trying for a home run after lacing a triple to left-center.
The Bruins tied the score in the fifth on Gina Bilotta’s two-out, two-run triple before the teams battled to the eighth.
The winning pitcher was Cassidy Lujan while Phillis, who went the whole way, took the loss. Union Mine started five freshmen and one sophomore.
“That’s two good D-I pitchers we turned around. A tough one to lose but I’m proud of the girls,” D’back coach Rob Diggle said. “Just a couple little things we have to get better at.”