SILVER SPRING-Some big questions were asked about this softball game, a rematch from early on in the season.
One of the biggest was: could the Richard Montgomery Rockets make up for their 10-2 blowout defeat against the Blair Blazers back in March?
The answer ended up being no, with a 9-5 loss, but the result showed more of a fight from the Rockets, and put pressure on the Blazers to keep afloat.
The Rockets were a safe bet to be the underdog, especially considering that they were up against sophomore Blazer pitcher Courtney Wyche, who is committed to the University of Maryland to play softball.
“We were going off of Courtney’s name. She’s committed to [University of] Maryland and she’s rightfully earned it, and we just came in and shortened our swings and focused on getting good contact and getting good pitches,” said Rockets head coach Kelly Callan.
Wyche had issues of her own as she played with a knee injury, but managed to play the entire game without being switched out.
The Blazers started the match with a resounding four runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of the bases being loaded to bring players home. At this point, the Blazers had two outs on them, so they managed all four points while on the brink of the end of the inning.
The first run for the Rockets came in at the top of the second when sophomore pitcher Rosie Silvers managed to steal home.
The Rockets tied the game up in the fourth inning, with two runs to equalize it to 4-4, including a fatal error with the infield and a groundball that allowed two runs.
“When they made it 4-4, we could have easily tightened up at the plate, but we didn’t. We just kept going, kept playing our game, and I was proud of that, because they were very confident in themselves to keep going,” said Blazers head coach Louis Hoelman.
The Blazers retaliated, and scored five runs over the next two innings,
The last play by the Blazers was a line drive by freshman first baseman Michela Rooney, who brought home sophomore centerfielder Niamh Ducey and senior shortstop Izzy Lott.
The Rockets scored one more off of a stolen home base at the top of the seventh, but could not catch up.
“The team, they were not making contact with my pitches, so I knew if I hit my spots, got it to where my catcher was helping me out…I struggled a little bit during the game. In the fourth inning they just got a few lucky hits,” said Wyche.
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