— “I just knew that one run wasn’t going to be enough, and it was awful because we had wasted so many chances to maybe break things open,” Bittner said. “We finally got what we needed in the eighth, although we almost left the bases loaded there too, with a huge hit from Jasmine Benson.
“We were lucky that Allegany didn’t do more with their opportunities or it could have gone the other way.”
After Fort Hill had taken a 1-0 lead in the fifth, the Campers responded with their first run in the bottom of the sixth. Ashleigh Eisentrout hit a two-out double, scored when Shannon Dougherty singled five pitches later. Dougherty was Allegany’s leading hitter with three singles, and Eisentrout drove in her team’s second run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.
“They all hurt, but this one definitely stings,” said Rick Twigg, Allegany’s head coach. “To be that close to getting out of that jam in the top of the eighth and have a mental mistake be what hurts us is hard to take. But honestly, if you would have told me at the beginning of the year that we would have gone 15-6 I would have called you crazy. That’s a testament to the girls, especially the seniors, and the coaching staff.”
Chris Appel is a sportswriter for the Times-News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org