WELLINGTON — On Tuesday, Wellington was knocked out of first place in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division by Brookside.
On Wednesday, the Dukes played Brookside again.
Any one up for a little revenge?
Seems like the Dukes were.
Wellington used a six-run third inning, strong pitching and solid defense to crush the Cardinals 9-0.
The win didn’t put the Dukes (9-5, 8-1 PAC) back in first, but it put them back on track, a game behind Keystone.
“We just know that if we’re going to be a great team we’re going to have to come back the very next day,” Wellington coach Duane Sunagel said. “We have Fairview (today), then we go see what we can do with Keystone on Monday.”
Wellington started early, scoring a run in the second inning on doubles by Rianna Rosecrans and Kennedi Benko.
That was just the prelude though. The real show came in the third inning when Wellington sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs, five with two outs.
Brooke Noss drew a one-out walk to start the inning and went to third on a Payton Regal double. Teddi Hardoby then reached on an error by the catcher, loading the bases.
Amy Greene’s sacrifice fly drove one run in but also moved the Cardinals (7-8, 4-5) one out away from escaping the inning without further damage.
Rosecrans had other ideas, though, clearing the bases with another double and then scoring when Kendal Brasee reached on an error. Benko then launched a no-doubt home run over the left-field fence to make it 7-0.
“Coming off of last night, the girls knew they had to lay off the pitcher’s riseball,” Sunagel said of Brookside’s Leah Musall, who held the Dukes to five hits and two runs Tuesday. “They did a better job at doing that tonight than last night. We got in some good hitting counts where we could deliver.”
Rosecrans not only did the job at the plate, she also pitched a gem, giving up just four hits and allowing only two runners in scoring position.
“The way I had my mentality today was as long as I can throw the ball over the plate, if they hit it so what, I have a good defense behind me,” Rosecrans said. “I definitely feel more comfortable pitching when we have the lead but I can still go out there and work my part.”
Musall was solid for five out of six innings but the sixth hurt, as did Brookside’s errors.
“The defense let us down in the third inning,” Brookside coach Ken Collins said. “We kept giving extra outs. You can’t do that in this conference.”
Benko was glad to see her team bounce back.
“With the loss (Tuesday), it kind of puts it in reality that we’ll have those days,” Benko said. “We really just brought it all back together today.”