It seems like a broken record this season for Coach Kelly Boerger and her North Adams Lady Devils softball squad. It’s win one, lose one or vice versa as the Lady Devils battle to get their record over the .500 mark. Last week it was more of the same as the North Adams girls went on the road on Thursday and dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 extra inning decision at Lynchburg but bounced back the next day to pull out a 5-4 win over a very good Eastern Lady Warrior team, leaving their record at 7-8 for the spring.
The loss to Lynchburg was a story of missed opportunities for the Lady Devils as they banged out 12 hits and could only turn that into 5 runs.
“Y0u just can’t win a ball game when you leave that many people on base,” said Coach Boerger.
North Adams had a 3-0 lead through five innings before the Lady Mustangs put up two in the sixth but a home run by Taylor Whited gave the Lady Devils a 4-2 advantage. Lynchburg pulled even in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run homer by freshman pitcher Hannah Binkley, sending the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Lady Devils took the lead when Meygan Richter raced home on a passed ball, but in the bottom of the frame the host Lady Mustangs won the game in walk-off manner on a base hit by Binkley that gave them the 6-5 win.
In the defeat, Richter came off the bench to go 3 for 3, while Karly Boerger and Jade Spriggs each garnered two hits. Spriggs pitched 7 2/3 innings, but took the loss, giving up six earned runs and striking out six.
On Friday, the Lady Devils were on the road again and showed some resiliency for a young team as they defeated a solid Eastern squad 5-4.
After falling behind 1-0, North Adams scored four times in the top of the third, getting back to back doubles from Boerger and Spriggs, a sacrifice fly from Kylie Branch, and a two-bagger from freshman Caitlin Young. Eastern came right back to plate a pair in their half of the third to make it a one-run affair.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Warriors scored once to tie the game at 4 apiece, where it stayed until the North Adams top of the seventh. Hayley Taylor led off the inning with a walk and was bunted over to second by Branch. Young drew a walk and the runners moved up another base on a fly out by Richter. With the go-ahead run at third, Haley Crews came through with a run-scoring single to give the Lady Devils a 5-4 lead.
Spriggs made that lead stand up in the bottom of the seventh, striking out a pair and getting a ground ball to third for the final out as North Adams picked up its seventh victory of the spring.
“We took advantage of our sacrifice hits and did a much better job on the base paths tonight,” said Coach Boerger.
In the win, Boerger again had a pair of hits, making her 4 for 6 in the two games. Spriggs got the win on the mound, going seven innings, striking out four and allowing four earned runs.
The Lady Devils evened their record at 8-8 on Monday with an 18-1 thrashing of West Union and played host to the Peebles Lady Indians on Tuesday. Tomorrow they will again battle West Union in a game hat will be played in Seaman.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.