PERU — Trailing by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday, Coach Jason Brown shared a simple plan with his Peru softball team — score the go-ahead run.
The Indians did just that, mounting a rally to knock off Plattsburgh High, 5-4, culminating with Kelly Neenan’s winning hit with runners in scoring position.
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In the top of the fifth inning, though, Peru surrendered five runs and was faced with a three-run deficit.
“We committed a few errors in that inning and made some unfortunate plays, but we were able to pull together and bounce back,” Brown said. “The pitching change gave us some added support.”
Maddy Flynn relieved Neenan on the mound in the sixth inning, retiring two batters.
“Kara Barber hit a two RBI single in the sixth to spark the comeback,” Brown said. “Then, (Neenan) punched out three of four batters faced in the following inning to give us a chance to win.”
Flynn hammered two doubles for the Indians’ lone extra-base hits.
Junior Sam Fletcher registered a three-hit performance for the Indians, while teammate and senior catcher Shannon Bombard belted two hits.
Cieara Duquette led the Hornets at the plate with three singles.
Flynn was credited with the win on the mound and Lauren Stanley, who relieved Rachel Bedard in the seventh, was tagged with the loss.
“It wasn’t really a pitcher’s duel (Saturday),” Brown said. “But we were able to get some timely hits.”
Peru 10, Plattsburgh High 9
Plattsburgh High 000 251 1 — 9 9 3
Peru 201 104 2 — 10 9 3
Bedard, Stanley (7) and Neale. Neenan, Flynn (6) and Bombard. WP- Flynn. LP- Stanley. 2B- McLaughlin (PHS), Flynn (PCS) 2.
NORTHERN ADIRONDACK 8, MORIAH 5
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