Softball: Lancer bats come alive just in time

As he trotted out to the third-base coach’s box on Thursday after host Chagrin Falls took a 3-1 lead, Gilmour coach Jim Galloway told himself, “Three runs isn’t going to do it.”

He was right.

Minutes after reassuring himself his offense was going to emerge, it did.

The visiting Lancers scored seven runs in the sixth inning and eight runs in the seventh to overcome the momentary deficit and hang a 16-3 loss on the Tigers.

After scoring one run on two hits through the first five innings, Gilmour (2-0) scored 15 runs on 12 hits in the final two innings.

“We weren’t stringing hits together early,” Galloway said. “We’d get someone on, but didn’t put anything together. The girls didn’t fold. It was just a matter of stringing some hits together.”

The game-changing sixth inning started quietly enough, with Patricia Colella grounding to short. But seven of the next Gilmour batters reached base, starting with back-to-back doubles by Calla Telzrow and Hannah Finotti.

By the time the dust had settled, Chagrin Falls’ 3-1 lead had turned into an 8-3 deficit.

After the Tigers (0-3) failed to answer in the bottom of the sixth, Gilmour kept pounding away with an eight-run seventh. Telzrow and Finotti both doubled again, with Madelyn Touhey and Rachel Staton contributing RBI doubles.

“Two bad innings,” lamented Chagrin Falls coach Paul Perrine.

The Tigers had the same sort of fortune in their first two games, giving up a 12-run inning in the first loss and an eight-run inning in the second loss.

“We were up, 3-1, and I thought we were doing OK,” Perrine said. “We just have that inning that comes back to bite us.”

The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Katie Schmiedicker roped a two-run double to score Harley Cullen and Sydney Liber. Liber also had an RBI single earlier in the game.

After Schmiedicker doubled, Galloway brought Finotti in from second base to relieve starter Colella.

Finotti, a freshman, responded by striking out the first two batters she faced and getting Jessie Tull to ground back to the mound to end the threat with runners on second and third.

While Chagrin Falls got a runner on base in each of the final two innings, no one reached second base.

“Their second pitcher did a nice job. Hat’s off to her,” Perrine said. “She threw hard.”

And hit hard, with her two doubles and three runs scored, joining Staton, Laurel Brown and Regan O’Brien with two hits each.

“Man,” said Galloway, pondering the possibilities of Finotti. “Four years with her. We’re excited about that.”

Gilmour will try to make it three in a row today at VASJ, while Chagrin will search for its first win today at West Geauga.

“I hope it doesn’t get to them,” Perrine said of a third straight game with a fateful inning.

“We’ve got to have short memories and move on to the next inning and next game.”

Last Updated: 4/12/2012 10:33:56 PM EST

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