Logan softball comeback falls short against JD
By Wes Mangum sports writer Apr 21, 2017 (0)
They fought and scrapped to dig themselves out of a hole, but the Grizzlies came up just short against Juan Diego in a Region 11 softball game.
After finding itself in a 7-2 deficit, Logan staged a rally that came up just short. The Grizzlies fell 7-5 to the Soaring Eagle at home Friday afternoon.
âI really wish we could have this one back,â Logan head coach Kim Laing said. âThis one hurt.â
The contest started off with a bang. Juan Diego (10-5, 3-2) scored three runs in the top of the first, and the Grizzlies (4-9-2, 2-2) answered right back with two more in their half of the inning.
The Soaring Eagle tacked on another run in the top of the second, and a three-run fourth inning gave them a 7-2 lead. Loganâs Aleya Zentner led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk, and Mollie Balling knocked her in with a single up the middle to make it 7-3.
Nya Laing buckled down in the circle and fought to keep her team in it after the tumultuous first inning. Laing struck out 10 and allowed four earned runs on the game. She made quick work of the opposing batters in the last three innings, giving her squad a chance to get things done offensively. Logan committed at total of six errors.
âShe fought,â coach Laing said. âI thought that she showed a lot of heart for us.â
Logan scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, both of them coming with two outs. Balling hit a double, and Nya Laing brought her across the plate with another double in the next at-bat. Mia Marin lined a single down the third-base line on the next pitch to score Laing.
The seventh inning came and went quickly as Juan Diego held onto its two-run lead to close things out against the bottom of the Grizzliesâ lineup.
âItâs hard when youâve only got two people that can score,â coach Laing said. âMolly (Balling) and Nya had four of our five runs. Itâs just a matter of inexperience and confidence for the bottom of our order. We just played so lackadaisical today.â
Balling went 4 for 4 at the plate with a double, a RBI and two runs. Nya Laing was 3 for 3 with a walk, a double, a RBI and two runs.
âI just knew that I was going to hit it,â Balling said. âLast time we played this team, we hit this girl well. I just told myself I was going to keep it going. I just try to get on base, and with Nya behind me, I know Iâll score.â
The Grizzlies are now in fourth place in the region standings, behind Ridgeline, Bear River and Juan Diego.
âWe are going to have to fight from here on out,â Kim Laing said. âWe are going to have to try to catch up and make up some ground against some of the other teams.â
Logan Grizzly Varsity Fights Back In Loss To Juan Diego Catholic
Logan Grizzly Varsity’s effort to come back from down five runs in the fourth inning came up just short, as they fell 7-5 to Juan Diego Catholic on Friday. Logan Grizzly Varsity scored three runs in the failed comeback on a single by Molli Balling in the fourth, a double by Nya Laing in the sixth, and a single by Mia Marin in the sixth.
Logan Grizzly Varsity fell behind early in the loss. Juan Diego Catholic scored on a single by Britni Walker in the first inning and a triple by Allie Madsen in the first inning.
Juan Diego Catholic took an early lead in the first inning. Juan Diego Catholic scored one run when Walker singled with zero outs in the first inning.
Juan Diego Catholic scored three runs in the fourth inning. Juan Diego Catholic’s big inning was driven by a single by Madsen, a walk by Aaliyah Bass, and a single by Sydney Mammano.
Bass earned the win for Juan Diego Catholic. She threw seven innings, allowing five runs, 12 hits, and striking out six. Nya Laing took the loss for Logan Grizzly Varsity. She went seven innings, giving up seven runs, eight hits, and striking out ten.
Logan Grizzly Varsity had 12 hits in the game. Molli Balling, Laing, and Cheyenne Weekes each collected multiple hits for Logan Grizzly Varsity. Weekes, Balling, Mia Marin, and Laing each drove in one run to lead Logan Grizzly Varsity.
Juan Diego Catholic collected eight hits. Madsen and Mammano each collected multiple hits for Juan Diego Catholic.