Monterey gets softball win over Harrisonburg

Published 12:47 am Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MONTEREY, La. — Brooke Baker singled with two outs to bring in Holli Clay with the game-winning run as the Monterey Lady Wolves handed Harrisonburg its first loss of the season by defeating the Lady Bulldogs 3-2.

Clay was supposed to have been the starting pitcher for Monterey in this game, but head coach Hazel Brallier said because her arm was hurt, she was unable to play at that position.

“At the last minute, we had to make some changes,” Brallier said. “(Clay) didn’t play at all until the (bottom of) the seventh inning, when she pinch hit.”

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With two outs, Clay started the rally with a single, followed by a single by Ellen Bairnsfather and a Logan Dale walk to load the bases. Then Baker delivered with her single down the third-base line.

Bairnsfather ended up getting the start for Monterey (7-6) on the mound. She went all seven innings, holding Harrisonburg (7-1) to just five hits while striking out five and walking just one batter.

“The girls just played a great game. It was a team effort,” Brallier said. “Whenever we needed a bunt laid down, we got a bunt laid down. They did a great job on defense. Ellen did a great job on the mound.”

Bairnsfather kept the Lady Bulldogs off the scoreboard until they scored one run in the top of the sixth inning. The visitors added another run in the top of the seventh that made it a 2-2 game.

Monterey scored its first run off Harrisonburg’s Katie Johnson in the bottom of the second inning. The Lady Wolves then scored their second run in the bottom of the fifth. Johnson struck out 10, gave up six hits and walked one.

Baker went 2-for-4 while Ariel Hector had a double for Monterey. Ashley Boote went 2-for-3 with a double and Shawn Cater was 2-for-3 to lead Harrisonburg.