Saturday the Blackford Lady Bruins hosted the Blackford Invitational softball tournament. In the first game of the day Blackford faced off against the Union County Patriots. It was a high scoring shootout that included 33 total runs on 36 hits between the 2 teams.
Union started the game by taking what seemed to be a commanding 9 run lead in 3 innings. But, the Lady Bruins battled back scoring 15 runs in the next 4 innings to tie the game at 15. Union County would respond with 3 runs in the top of the 7th to take the lead for good.
Blackford was led by Maggie Weeks-Foy, who went 4 of 5 at the dish, plating 2 Bruin runners. Shannon Walker added 4 RBI’s on 3 singles.
Walker started the game in the circle, but was replaced by Tori Eppard in the top of the 3rd after giving up 7 earned runs.
“I thought the girls did a nice job of charging back into the game after a rough start. Union County hit the ball very well. They had a couple of girls we tried to pitch around who found a way to put the bat on the ball and score a few runs. These same girls hit the homeruns in the championship game that beat Delta,” said Schick. “When we finally started to hit, their pitchers did a fine job of keeping us from getting more than a single.”
The Lady Bruins also faced Madison Grant in the Consolation game Saturday evening, once again fighting from behind to come up just short in falling 7-4.
After 3 scoreless innings, the Argylls scored 7 runs to lead 7-0 heading to the bottom of the 6th. The Lady Bruins finally responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth compliments of a home run by Darci Robertson.
Goodspeed scored 1 more run in the bottom of the seventh on a passed ball, but it wasn’t enough to overcome madison Grants lead. The Lady Bruins sent the winning run to the plate with one out but a soft line drive to the pitcher became a game-ending double play.
“We have battled slow starts the entire season. It is frustrating to say the least, but we have seen glimpses of what we are capable of in all aspects of the game. We just need for them to all come together at the same time,” said Schick.
The Lady Bruins have a busy week ahead. They host Alexandria on Monday in a CIC match-up at 5pm. Tuesday is senior night vs. Wabash at 5pm. The girls travel to Bluffton on Wednesday for a 5pm contest then finish off the regular season against Marion on Thursday at 5:30pm.
The Lady Bruins are now 7-14.