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Prep Softball: Maidens' offense makes up for defense

April 25, 2013|By SAM STEWART | Staff Correspondent
  • Waynesboro's Caitlinn Eigenbrode makes a diving catch in the third inning to prevent two Boiling Springs runners from scoring.
By Sam Stewart/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Callie Good went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and Caitlinn Eigenbrode hit a pair of two-run home runs as the Waynesboro Maidens softball team overcame its sloppy defensive play to escape with a 10-7 Mid-Penn Colonial victory over Boiling Springs on Thursday afternoon.

“It’s a shame that we have to score 10 runs because our defense is sometimes horrendous,” Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said. “It’s going to catch us in a close game because we won’t always score this many runs.”

The defense accounted for seven errors on the day, including three in a debacle of a fifth inning, which allowed Boiling Springs to pull within two. The poor defense overshadowed a few web gems out in the field, especially after a diving snag by Eigenbrode in the third inning prevented two runs from scoring.

“Seven errors is not going to help us win,” Stuart said. “We probably take more ground balls than anyone in the league. It’s a confidence thing, sometimes we look great and sometimes we just … we don’t.”

Luckily for the Maidens (8-5, 4-2), Good and Eigenbrode provided the lumber early. In the first inning, Good got the scoring started as she laced a double over the head of left fielder Becca Glesher to score Kaelyn Ashway. Eigenbrode then followed with her first dinger of the evening — a two-run blast to deep right field to give the Maidens a 3-0 advantage.

Boiling Springs answered back in the next frame as it tagged Maidens starting pitcher Sadie Harshman for two runs in the inning off three hits.

The Maidens tipped the momentum in their favor again in the bottom of the second as Mariah Yingling worked a walk with the bases loaded to score Cheyenne Henning. Good answered the call again as she roped the next offering from Kim Rogers through the middle to score Alyssa Hamilton and Yingling to give the Maidens a 6-2 advantage.

After the fielding debacle in the fifth brought the Bubblers to within two, Good and Eigenbrode came through again for the Maidens. Following Good’s fourth hit of the day, Eigenbrode blasted a first-pitch offering from Rogers over the left-field fence for her second home run of the day to give Waynesboro a 10-6 advantage.

The Bubblers (2-8, 0-6) threatened again in the seventh, but baserunning errors put a damper on their rally as Erin Thompson was thrown out trying to steal third. Boiling Springs never recovered during the inning as Taylor Malinish flew out to second to end the game.

With the loss, Boiling Springs is still seeking its first victory in the Mid-Penn Colonial division this year.

“This year has been a down year for us, but we keep working with the girls,” Boiling Springs coach Steve Darchicourt said. “One of the day's we will knock one of these teams off that are looking past us.”

Waynesboro 10, Boiling Springs 7
Boiling Springs    021    021    1    —    7    9    2
Waynesboro    330    112    x    —    10    13    7
Rogers and Otto. Harshman, Beamer (6) and Henning. WP — Harshman. LP — Rogers. HR — W: Eigenbrode (1st, one on), (6th, one on).

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