Nine run sixth inning lifts Lady Panthers to victory over Lady Dragons
RIVERSIDE — The Snake River Lady Panthers got a nine run sixth inning and Erica Ramirez worked her way out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh as the Lady Panthers won their fifth straight game with a 9-4 non-conference victory over the Malad Lady Dragons on Thursday afternoon.
"We're on a bit of a roll so we like that," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "The girls were having fun. They didn't get really down and it was definitely hard to keep up when they were hitting the ball hard and not really getting any hits out of it. Malad has a pretty good team though so we feel good about it."
The game was a classic pitchers duel as Erica Ramirez was matching Malad pitcher Kyley Thorpe pitch for pitch through the first four innings.
Malad broke the tie in the top of the fifth inning as they picked up a triple and a pair of doubles, all with two outs to take a 3-0 lead. The Lady Dragons extended that lead to 4-0 with a lone run in the top of the sixth and it looked as if the Lady Panthers may be in trouble.
All of that changed in the home half of the sixth inning however as the balls that up to then were not finding the holes, now started dropping for the Lady Panthers.
Kara Polatis ignited the inning with a single to lead off the frame. That was just the first of 9 base hits in the sixth inning as 14 hitters strode to the plate for coach Martin and when the dust had settled, Snake River now led 9-4.
"That sixth inning we got a couple of hits that were just not right in comparison to some of those that they caught earlier in the game but we'll take it," coach Martin said.
Chelsey Martin had two hits in the inning to drive in a pair of runners.
Malad were far from through however as they loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh. Ramirez induced a ground ball to third where Ashlyn Wood fielding and then threw home to Kara Polatis for the force play at the plate for the second out. On the same play, an overthrow to the pitcher then had the runner on third breaking for the plate but a perfect throw to the plate and a tag led to the final out of the game.
"They looked sharp, we made some good plays," coach Martin said. "We played up short in the last inning to get the out at home. We end up getting the out at home, then make a little bit of a wimpy throw but wind up making the play at home to end the game with a double play so you gotta like that."
Snake River (10-5, 2-1) will be back in action on Wednesday when they make the long bus ride to Montpelier for a conference game with Bear Lake. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
SNAKE RIVER 9, MALAD 4
Malad 000 031 0 - 4 10 1
Snake River 000 009 x - 9 13 1
Malad hitters - Kyley Thorpe 3-4 3B RBI, Cina Blaisdell 2-4 2B RBI, Terrie Valentine 2-4 2B RBI, Katie Weaver 2-3 3B. pitching - Kyley Thorpe (L) 5 1/3IP 5R 4ER 9H 5K 0BB, Katie Weaver 1/3IP 4R 4ER 3H 0K 1BB, Terrie Valentine 1/3IP 0R 0ER 1H 0K 0BB.
Snake River hitters - Kara Polatis 2-3 RBI, Chelsey Martin 2-4 3RBI, Erica Ramirez 2-4 RBI, Katie Ogden 2-4 RBI, Raegan Martin 1-3 RBI. pitching - Erica Ramirez (W) 7IP 4R 4ER 10H 8K 1BB.