The Princeton Tigers never gave up even when down by five runs going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Good thing they didn’t. The Princeton Tigers’ softball team scored seven runs during that inning to take the lead, 8-6, leaving St. Cloud Cathedral one more at bat to tie it up. In the seventh inning Summer Bachmeyer put Cathedral down in order to end the game and finish off the Crusaders.
Bachmeyer relieved pitcher Samantha Hanus during the third inning and went on to take the win and help the Tigers take their first conference win of the season. In five innings of work, Bachmeyer recorded 11 strikeouts.
“We have really worked on confidence and making the bat hit the ball,” said assistant coach Chuck Young.
Making the bat hit the ball was a tough task for the Tigers in the first five innings, scoring only one run by Haley Ostendorf. Ostendorf led the Tiger attack, reaching base all of her four at bats and tallying two runs.
Sam Hunn, a senior for Princeton started off the Tigers’ comeback with a single followed by a Hanus walk by Cathedral’s pitcher. Hunn was driven in by Maggie McLaughlin leaving Hanus on second with Tobi Turpen up to bat. Turpen hit a double scoring Hanus and bringing the Tigers to 5-6.
Hit after hit the Tigers made it through their batting order and took the lead at 8-6, leaving the Crusaders with one more at bat to try to tie the game. Bachmeyer then put Cathedral down in order to end the game and record their first conference win of the season.
According to Young, another key component to the Tigers’ win on Thursday was aggressive base running which they have been trying to stress during practices. The Tigers hope this win will start a spark on a win streak.
The Princeton Tigers couldn’t catch a break Friday night in Monticello. The weather paralleled the way the Tiger softball team played against the Monticello Magic. The Princeton Tigers fell to the Monticello Magic 15-0 on Friday night.
The Magic trumped the Tigers with 15 hits and nine earned runs scored on Tigers’ sophomore pitcher Summer Bachmeyer.
“The weather was brutal and the girls just didn’t show up,” said head coach Mandee Allen.
The Tigers are now 1-2 on the season and face Little Falls away on Tuesday. The Tigers are back at home Thursday night at 5 p.m. against Milaca.