GREEN: Aggressive base running gave Green’s softball team an exciting walk-off win Wednesday.
The host Bulldogs defeated Tallmadge 6-5 after freshman Emily Andrego hit a double and then advanced to third and home following a sacrifice bunt by senior Madison Summers in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Andrego finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and was all smiles after Green (15-3, 7-2) overcame a 5-0 deficit to top Tallmadge (11-6, 7-3).
“We all showed character and showed we can fight back even though they are a really good team,” Andrego said. “I was running, and I rounded third and I thought that I could make it when I saw [a Tallmadge fielder fall while catching the ball from a teammate for an out at first base]. I just ran as fast as I could and scored.”
Green coach Brian Tharp said he shouted “Go!” when he saw the play unfold.
“She may have been on her way anyway,” Tharp said. “As soon as their player fell down with the ball, I knew with her speed and her base running that she could score.”
Tallmadge led 4-0 in the third and 5-0 in the fourth. Senior Joanna Catalano finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and junior Kali Stroud went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI for the Blue Devils. Sophomore Olivia Carey had two hits with an RBI. Sophomore Alyssa Garbinsky had one RBI, and juniors Leslie Hill and Lexi Philen each scored a run.
“We had won 11 in a row after losing our first five,” Tallmadge coach Ed Seeker said. “We are a young team experience-wise because we graduated eight seniors [from last year’s team that advanced to a Division II state semifinal]. We are still in that process of trying to figure things out.”
Green got back into the game with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Summers finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore Madison Lanier went 2-for-2 with three RBI. Freshman Sunitrius Armstrong scored once and singled in a run, and junior Kaylie Elliott singled and scored once.
“This is a very close team with really good chemistry,” Lanier said.
Green sophomore Addy Moro (13-3) pitched a complete game and got the win.
“Last year, we lose this game,” Tharp said. “Last year we lost six games by one run. This year we are winning these types of games.”
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