The Salt River Lady Eagles softball team played host to Seligman on April 6 to compete in a double-header. The teams walked away splitting the games, with Salt River losing the first game 9-3 and then run-ruling Seligman 15-5.
Marissa Flores started in the pitching circle for Salt River and walked the first batter she faced, despite being ahead in the count. When she faced her second batter of the game, the second pitch was hit directly at her, making contact with her left knee. Flores fell to the dirt in pain, but she was able to compose herself and shake off the injury. Despite striking out the next batter, a throwing error from Blossom Wood behind the plate to first, Seligman scored their first run. Flores was able strike out the next batter and force a pop-out to get the Eagles out of the inning.
The Eagles came right back at Seligman as Wood began the inning with a walk. Rachel Cooper struck out and Kishan Cooper was next to the plate. With a 2-2 count, K. Cooper hit an RBI triple and scored Wood to tie the game at 1-1. Flores popped out and K. Cooper was caught as she took a big lead to wait for the out from Seligman.
Seligman hit a triple over the center fielder’s head to start the second inning. Flores struck out the next two batters, but she gave up an RBI down the left-field line to add another run for Seligman, who took the 2-1 lead. Salt River was unable to produce in the bottom half of the inning, going three up and three down.
Seligman added another run after hitting an RBI double and improved their lead 3-1. The Lady Eagles made their opponent work in the next inning, as they took the pitcher to the 3-2 count with Otila Miles fouling balls off at the plate, but she hit into a ground out. The Eagles earned a walk from their next batter and then scored after a throwing error by Seligman, but they were still trailing 3-2. Wood grounded out to the pitcher, followed by a pop out from R. Cooper to end the inning.
The fourth inning was quiet for both sides, and in the top of the fifth inning Seligman went back to work at the plate. After facing just three batters, Flores gave up a single and two doubles, one of which was an RBI, followed by another single, and just like that the Lady Eagles trailed 7-2.
The Eagles rallied back, with Joy Manuel starting off the inning with a single. Miles struck out and Isabella Dockerty grounded out to shortstop. Wood was at the plate when Manuel stole third base and eventually scored, leaving the Eagles trailing by four runs. Wood made it to first on a dropped third strike. Despite two walks from R. Cooper and K. Cooper, Flores struck out at the plate and ended the inning with one runner stranded on base.
R. Cooper moved inside the pitching circle and earned the first out of the inning. One runner got on base from a fielding error by R. Cooper, but she forced a ground and fly out to escape the inning.
Salt River went three and out in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh inning, R. Cooper hit the first batter but forced an out from the second. Seligman earned a single on an error by Salt River and a run scored to improve Seligman’s lead 8-3. Another error moved the runner on base, followed by a walk, and the runner for Seligman scored after tagging the base, improving their lead 9-3.
With two outs, Wood walked and then stole second. R. Cooper was hit by a pitch and the Lady Eagles were trailing by six runs with runners on first and second, but K. Cooper struck out swinging and the game ended with Seligman on top 9-3.
In the second game of the day, R. Cooper remained in the circle. She worked through the first inning without giving up a run. K. Cooper knew the Lady Eagles had one out to start the first inning and doubled to left field. Flores ripped an RBI single and the Eagles took the early 1-0 lead. Wood hit an RBI triple to right field and Flores scored to take the 2-0 lead.
Salt River gave up a few runs in the top of the second inning, but was able to get their bats going as they defeated Seligman 15-5 by way of the run rule after five innings of play.