Softball: Devil of a comeback victory for gritty Griffith
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent April 16, 2013 11:26PM
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:54AM
GRIFFITH — Many pitchers might come unglued at the thought of being behind five runs in the first inning — especially in their first start.
Griffith sophomore Danielle Moore withstood the pressure and appeared to build confidence each inning as the Panthers rallied from a five-run deficit for an 8-6 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over Lowell at Franklin Field on Tuesday night.
“Even though her defense let her down a little bit in the first inning, I thought she pitched pretty well for it being her first start,’’ Griffith coach Don Bence said. “I thought she kept her composure and threw strikes. With every inning you could see her confidence growing.
“She’s not going to overpower anyone (She didn’t have a strikeout in 51/3 innings of work) but she’s pretty consistent. She can move her pitches around and she can hit her spots — hit her corners — and she was pretty effective.’’
Lowell (6-3, 2-2) didn’t help itself at all with five errors.
“You can’t play defense like that and win ballgames,’’ Lowell coach Pete Iussig said. “It’s a lot like golf where you drive for show and putt for dough. In this case, the defense is the dough and we’re bankrupt right now.’’
Blair Morton pitched the final 12/3 innings for her first save to help Moore notch her first win.
It was the third consecutive comeback win for the Panthers (5-3, 3-2).
“This was a good win for us,’’ Bence said. “Just being down five runs and being able to compose ourselves and come back against a program like Lowell’s — I think that says a lot about the fight in this team. They’re getting better as far as staying positive when something bad happens. They’re showing that they’re able to overcome some early mistakes now. The whole team’s demeanor from game one until now has changed immensely.’’
Sammi Adams had the key hit of the game — ripping a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Griffith a 6-5 lead.
Jamie Rex scored three runs and had two hits for the Panthers, while Sarah Galambos had two hits and scored a run.
Hunter Jusevitch had three hits, including a three-run, first-inning double to lead Lowell, while Caitlyn Walter had three hits and an RBI and Alyssa Pokropinski also had three hits.