MADISON JAMMER . . . delivers a pitch at a recent Frankenmuth varsity softball game. Jammer and her Lady Eagle teammates have lost only two Tri-Valley Conference East Division games this season. (News photo/Kelly Jammer)
Garber sweep keeps FHS softball team in East hunt
The Frankenmuth varsity softball team kept its Tri-Valley Conference East Division title hopes alive by playing a marathon doubleheader at Essexville Garber May 17.
It was nearly dusk when the final game ended as the Lady Eagles won the opener, 9-3, and survived an 11-inning nightcap, 12-11.
Through those contests, ‘Muth is 17-9 overall and 8-2 in the TVC East. Later in the week, FHS swept Otisville-LakeVille to move to 19-9 and 10-2 in the East, with a final league twinbill at Millington on Friday, May 27.
“The girls had a lot of energy that day, something we did not have in our last doubleheader,” FHS Coach Brad Walraven said. “I was very proud of the way we put it together in the game. When the girls have the energy they had that day, everything else falls in place. The offense and defense were spot on in the game because of the energy we had.”
Game one started rocky as starting pitcher Madison Jammer hit the lead-off batter and then surrendered a two-run home run.
“She settled down very nicely and had good support from her defense to record the win,” Walraven pointed out.
Jammer allowed five hits with two walks and fanned three in the win.
Frankenmuth came back in the first inning. With two outs and Jammer on second base by single and Carmen Izzo on first base by a walk, Laura Farnsworth hit a ground ball which Garber tried to get the force out at second base. Good hustle by Izzo beat the throw and Jammer scampered home to score. Megan Jarlock and Claire Breinager hit back-to-back RBI singles to make the score 3-2.
In the fourth inning, ‘Muth scored six times for a 9-2 lead. Breinager led off the inning with her first varsity home run, the first of six straight hits. Singles by Savannah Baker, Rocky Roy and Hannah Karwat produced another run. Karwat stole second base, Jammer singled and Kaylee Kujat singled in another run and loaded the bases. Izzo drew an RBI walk and with the infield in, Farnsworth smacked a two-RBI single.
Jammer finished with three hits while Kujat and Breinager collected two hits each.
Game two was an extra-inning affair, the third such game in the last four for Frankenmuth. The game ended in the 11th inning on a walk-off single by Jarlock, scoring Izzo, as the Lady Eagles came to bat three runs down.
The Dukes scored early and led 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kujat and Izzo connected for two straight singles. Farnsworth stepped to the plate and hit three-run rope homer over the centerfield fence to cut the deficit to 4-3.
“That seemed to be the spark we needed,” Walraven recalled.
FHS grabbed the lead in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Kujat and a sacrifice fly by Jarlock.
The score was 5-4 in the top of the seventh inning with two outs when Garber hit a solo homer to tie the game.
Down one run in the eighth inning, Roy produced an RBI single to tie the score 6-6. The international tie breaker rule was used the final three innings and each time, ‘Muth rallied to knot the score.
After Garber scored three times in the top of the 11th inning, it looked like the end of the line for the Lady Eagles. With Karwat starting at second base, Jammer led off with a bunt single and Kujat singled in Karwat for an 11-9 score. Izzo followed with a single to load the bases. Farnsworth hit a sacrifice fly to score Jammer, but the throw from the outfield to home plate got past the catcher. Kujat raced home the Duke catcher dropped the ball on the tag, tying the game, 11-11.
“Good hustle by Carmen got her from first to third base on the play,” Walraven said.
With one out, Jarlock hit a line drive single to end the game.
Jammer got the win in relief of Farnsworth. Karwat led the ‘Muth 16-hit attack with four hits, including two doubles an RBI and a stolen base. Kujat scored four runs, stole a base and had two RBIs and Izzo smacked two hits, scored twice and stole a base.
“I thought we ran the bases well. We are starting to read the outfield and how deep they position themselves so we can get a better jump on balls hit out there,” Walraven pointed out. “Hopefully these wins can propel us on a winning streak. No doubt Laura’s three-run home run jump started our offense. She broke out of her mini slump, going 3 for 8 but more importantly, eight RBIs.”
ABBY HARE ...makes a catch in rightfield against Otisville-LakeVille. (News photo/Kelly Jammer)