CLAYTON — It was fitting that two seniors came through in the clutch Friday to help lead the Northmont fast-pitch softball team to a come-from-behind victory on Senior Night.
With the game tied 3-3 senior Cassy Lewis laid down a one out bunt single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Senior Anna Mangen followed with a single to right field with Lewis sliding in safe at home with the winning run.
Lewis also pitched the entire game to earn the victory. She went 7 innings, scattered five hits, issued one walk and struck out six.
“It was awesome on Senior Night to have two seniors make this win happen,” said Assistant Coach Breanna Fisher, a 2008 Northmont graduate. “Cassy Lewis did an awesome job pitching today. We have to work on working ahead in the count and then we can do some damage. I felt like we gave them way too many opportunities, but we did take advantage of their mistakes.”
Northmont took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. D.J. Shepherd made it all the way to third base on a wild throw to first by Fairmont pitcher Keira Teserovitch. She scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kassie Kelemen.
The top of the 5th inning saw the Bolts commit back-to-back errors to put Fairmont runners at first and third. Rebecca Johnson belted a one-out double to deep centerfield to score Emma Stedron and Aimee Haskins and then Johnson scored on a two-out single by Caitlin Wilson to give Fairmont a 3-1 lead.
Lewis drew a walk in the bottom of the 5th and raced to second when ball four resulted in a wild pitch. Mangen hit a ground ball to third but a wild throw to first allowed Lewis to score with Mangen racing all the way to third base. Shepherd followed with a single to left to score Mangen to tie the game 3-3 to setup the 7th inning heroics by Lewis and Mangen that secured the victory.
With the win Northmont improved to 11-6 overall and 5-2 in conference play while Fairmont fell to 10-3 and 7-3 in conference play.
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