Coming into their game against Estacada, the Corbett pitching staff was giving up more than nine runs per game. But on Monday, pitching was the key to the Cardinals victory.
Kara Moritz and Abby Fritz combined for a two-hitter as Corbett defeated Estacada 6-2 for their first Tri-Valley Conference win of the season.
Estacada came into to the contest as one of the best offenses in the Tri-Valley, averaging more than seven runs per ballgame. However, The Rangers made some changes in their lineup prior to the game that turned out to backfire in the end.
"I changed up our lineup to spread out our hitters so they would be tough to pitch around...I am going to go back to my original lineup that was producing seven or eight runs a game," Estacada head coach Mike Clark said. "Part of this loss is on me...I should have left the lineup the way it was."Despite the great pitching performance, it was the Corbett offense that set the tone early in this one. Nicole Herge hit a towering two-run shot off of Estacada pitcher Emily Gant in the top of the first to give the Cardinals the early 2-0 lead. It was Herge's third homer in four games.
"When I see my pitch, I just swing and hope for the best...And I got the best in that first at-bat," Herge said. "It was nice that we were able to string everything together in this game."
After coming up empty in the first two frames, the Rangers were able to respond in the third inning without the benefit of a base hit.
Sara Blankenship was hit by a pitch while Skylar Hunter and Izzy Hagel were walked to load the bases up. Moritz rallied back to get a pair of outs, but consecutive wild pitches allowed Blankenship and Hunter to score, tying the game at 2-2.
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