Bishop Carroll freshman Kaylin Watkins stepped up to the plate in the seventh inning without a hit in the first game of a softball doubleheader against Northwest, and her team leading 5-3. Watkins battled off four pitches before delivering a three-run home run to help seal the 8-3 win at Two Rivers Youth Club and the City League title.
The Golden Eagles capped off another 20-0 regular season with the 12-3 victory in game two.
“I knew I’d struggled at the plate before that and I was looking for a pitch I could drive,” Watkins said. “I had two strikeouts and a pop out in my three at-bats before and I knew my time was due.”
Watkins hit gave her all the momentum she needed on the moound in the bottom of the seventh to shut the door on the Grizzly hitters. Watkins was cruising in the circle through the first three innings, before allowing a run in the fourth on three hits. Northwest stranded three runners in the fourth inning and was unable to tack on any more runs until the sixth inning to pull within 4-3.
“I know I relaxed after we had the four-run inning,” Carroll coach Steve Harshberger said. “Kaylin was struggling before that at bat, but she delivered there and then went 3 for 4 in the second game, so that was a huge at-bat for her.”
The Golden Eagles offense delivered as usual – Carroll produced 12 hits in the first game and 14 more in the second game. Carroll’s 2-3-4 hitters went 7 for 11 in the first game with five RBIs.
Northwest jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning of the second game, thanks to an RBI single by Dana Gase after a hit-by-pitch brought in the first run. But the Grizzlies left the bases loaded to end the inning. Carroll responded by scoring in every inning with the exception of the seventh inning.
“We have such a joy of having multiple girls that can do multiple things,” Harshberger said. “We have a girl like Jordan Schartz who just needs to get on base and then we have Madi Miller, Ana Hogan and Emma Eck who can all produce at any time.”
Harshberger went to the bench in the sixth inning, pinch-hitting Emma Henning for Meghan Gutierrez. Henning produced with a two-run double followed by a two-run single from Schartz. Watkins, Miller, Hogan and Eck all homered in the doubleheader.
“Northwest is always a great team to play,” Harshberger said. “They’re the last team that beat us and we always play them the final two games of the regular season.… We’ve got a tough regional and this is a good preparation for us.”
|Carroll||301||000||4||—||8 12 3|
|Northwest||000||102||0||—||3 4 1|
WP - Watkins. LP - Prichard. HR - Carroll, Watkins
|Carroll||112||314||0||—||12 14 0|
|Northwest||200||100||0||—||3 13 3|
WP - Knoblauch. LP - Dryden. HR - Carroll, Miller, Hogan, Eck