Eagle softball team edged out in seventh inning blitz

sports; GSA; softball; Dexter; danielle; bainco; 052517; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Danielle Bianco hits a grounder against Dexter on May 20. Photo by Anne Berleant

Danielle Bianco hits a grounder against Dexter on May 20. Photo by Anne Berleant

Blue Hill— A surge by Dexter in their final at-bat cost the George Stevens varsity softball team what was shaping up to be their first win of the season on home field on Saturday, May 20.

After the Eagles extended a three-inning,  8-3 lead to 11-7 heading into the seventh inning, Dexter stepped up to the plate and walked away with a three run lead.

“[Dexter] chipped away and…we committed a few errors that inning which resulted in the seven runs,” Coach Todd Eckenfelder said.

The Eagles closed out the game one run shy of forcing extra innings despite having bases loaded with one out. A tag by Dexter’s third base player at home plate, followed by a strike out, ended the game with the final 14-13 score.

“We had a chance to win, and that is all you ask for,” Eckenfelder said of the closest game the Eagles have played all season.

sports; GSA; softball; Dexter; slide; two; 052517; Eagles; George Stevens Academy; game; high school; school; sport; team Cassidy Bulleman slides into home to score for the Eagles against Dexter on May 20. Photo by Anne Berleant

Cassidy Bulleman slides into home to score for the Eagles against Dexter on May 20. Photo by Anne Berleant

But the loss, and the losing season, didn’t stop the team from some impressive plays against Dexter, who they had faced the day before and lost to 19-5—and from showing strong spirit, with the teammates cheering each player at bat.

“Mallory Charette pitched a fantastic game, her fourth of the week,” Eckenfelder said, while Hannah Peasley hit a triple and drove in three runs and  Sophia Steinbarger had  11 put outs. at third base.

“She was almost unstoppable,” Eckenfelder said.

After a 15-3 loss to Sumner (3-9) on May 23, the Eagles stand at 0-12, in 14th place in the Heal Point Standings, and out of the playoff picture. They close out their season with a string of away games,  including May 30 at Bucksport, ending on June 1 at Washington Academy.

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