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.
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
PORT HENRY — Magan Magee’s two-run triple was the key blow in a four-run ninth inning as the Bobcats edged the Vikings.
Magee had a big day at the plate as she finished the game with a double, triple and home run. She would have had two home runs, but missed touching home plate on her ninth-inning triple.
Kailey Brunell and MaKenna Magee chipped in with two hits each for Northern Adirondack, which had 12 hits in all in support of winning pitcher Alexis Boulerice, who struck out seven and walked three.
Losing pitcher Taylor Sprague, who fanned 11 and walked seven, led the Vikings offensively with two home runs and a single. Lauren Brace added three singles, Caitlin Pelkey two singles and Lauren Cross a double.
The game went into extra innings, tied at 3-all. Both teams scored a run in the eighth before NAC pushed across four in the ninth. Moriah came back with one in the bottom of the inning.
NAC 8, Moriah 5 (9)
NAC 102 000 014 —8 12 2
Moriah 100 110 011 — 5 12 6
Boulerice and Durnin. Sprague and Brace. WP- Boulerice. LP- Sprague. 2B- Magan Magee (NAC), Cross (Mor). 3B- Magan Magee (NAC). HR- Magan Magee (NAC), Sprague (NAC) 2.
SARANAC 13, SARANAC LAKE 3
SARANAC LAKE — Winning pitcher Kourtnie Campbell, who struck out four in going the distance, helped her own cause by going 4-for-4, including a double, to lead the Chiefs.
Brette Campbell added three hits for Saranac, while Tori Trim, Summer Gillespie and Sam Aierle followed with two apiece. The Chiefs broke the game open with six runs in the third inning for a 7-0 lead.
Jen McGuoirk led the Red Storm with two hits and losing pitcher Nicole Viscardo drove in two runs.
Saranac 13, Saranac Lake 3
Saranac 106 101 4 — 13
Saranac Lake 000 003 0 — 3
K. Campbell and B. Campbell. Viscardo, Tschirhart (4). WP- K. Campbell. LP- Viscardo. 2B- K. Campbell (Sar).