PREP SOFTBALL

Griffith edges Hobart with late-inning heroics

2013-04-22T21:30:00Z 2013-04-22T21:43:05Z Griffith edges Hobart with late-inning heroicsPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 22, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

HOBART | Griffith is playing some of its best softball the program has seen in a long time, but in an unconventional way.

The Times No. 5 Panthers have won four of five, including three straight after beating Northwest Crossroads Conference foe Hobart 6-4 on Monday.

They're not doing it by drawing first blood, though, as they didn't score a run in the first five innings. Then the Panthers scored six runs in the fifth and sixth combined.

Griffith (7-3, 4-2) had a chance early, but blew the opportunity after three straight outs with Sammi Adams waiting on third.

"That's been the tale of this season, being slow starters," Griffith coach Don Bence said. "We were looking too much and falling behind in the count."

Hobart took the early lead after first baseman Hannah Wilson doubled home pitcher Maddy Adams, who singled to lead off the first inning.

The visiting Panthers fought back with a run in the top of the fifth after two straight base hits and an error, which drove in third baseman Erica Yost.

After Jordan Benton popped out to open the fifth, the Brickies got two base hits, but to no avail, as a pop out and a strike out retired the side.

The sixth is when the Panthers did the most damage after scoring five in the frame, highlighted by a two-run homer from Alexis Atkinson, who struck out in her two previous at-bats.

"I wasn't being as aggressive and I was really at first," Atkinson said. "At first it gets to me, but my teammates really help me out."

Hobart scored on an RBI double from Brittany Probasco and a two-run single from Madison Elliot in the sixth inning, but winning pitcher Blair Morton escaped with a flyout and groundout to end the threat.

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