DuPont Manual not only beat #5 Ballard Softball on Thursday, April 28th, 2016, but they recorded a shutout victory over the Lady Bruins on their own field. This photograph says it all...
The game was scoreless heading into the 4th inning. Both teams had recorded 2 hits and came close to scoring, but neither was able to break through the others strong defense.
In the 4th inning, that changed for DuPont Manual. By the end of the 4th inning, the Lady Crimsons had taken the lead by the score of 3-0, and it didn't stop there.
By the middle of the 5th inning, the Lady Crimsons had increased their lead to 4-0 and recorded 8 total hits against the Lady Bruins of Ballard, whom only had improved to 3 hits. Small infield errors were not helping the Lady Bruins, as two players would go for the ball, but neither actually calling it or picking it up, allowing bunts to turn into base hits rather than just runner advancements.
The DuPont Manual Lady Crimsons claimed victory in the end as Pitcher, Madison Williams pitched a 4 hit shutout verse the #5 Ballard Lady Bruins on their own field.
Before the game, we spoke with DuPont Manual Outfielder, Jamie Macaluso. #23 Macaluso told us to expect a close game between two fairly equal teams, but nobody saw the amazing shutout performance coming that followed that interview.
Here are some other memories we captured from tonight's shutout performance.
On Friday, April 22nd, 2016, the Butler Bears took on the Ballard Bruins at Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Bruins took the lead in the 3rd by the score of 1-0 thanks to a Butler throwing error. However, the Bears answered back in the 4th as Hood crossed the plate and the throw to the plate was off target.
Butler took the lead in the top of the 7th on RBI singles. However, just like how Butler answered the Bruins early in the game, the Bruins answered back, bringing the score to 3-3 at the end of the 7th and taking the game into extra innings.
The Butler Bears came away with nothing in the 8th, and the Ballard Bruins capitalized! Ballard hit a walk-off double to beat Butler by the score of 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Here are some other memories we caught from the game...
With rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, Holy Cross took the field at Mercy Academy in an effort to beat Mercy Academy on their own field. With the Junior Varsity falling by the score of 0-1 in the previous game, and all new players taking the field for Mercy Academy except for third base, the Holy Cross Cougars were simply looking to keep the score close.
Mercy Academy jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Holy Cross Cougars were able to keep the score at 1-0 thanks to their great defense.
Holy Cross led by the score of 2-1 in the top of the 5th inning with 2 outs. All they had to do was hit the ball, let Mercy Academy catch it, get 3 quick outs, and watch the lightning strike in the sky. However, that was not on the agenda.
The Holy Cross Cougars kept attacking Mercy Academy, increasing their lead to 3-1 in the top of the 5th inning. Lightning was clearly visible but had not been spotted by the umpire. As the next Lady Cougar took the plate, a large portion of the sky lit up, and the game was called "incomplete" because 5 full innings had not been played.
Holy Cross was one out away from victory. They could have simply struck out and won, but now the outcome is to be decided at a later date and time.