It took extra innings and a couple clutch plays by Morgan Perry off the bench, but Glenelg kept its undefeated record intact Wednesday.
Perry delivered a base hit in the top of the eighth inning, then robbed Atholton of one in the bottom half of the frame, helping the Gladiators earn a big early-season, 5-4, victory over the Raiders.
The late-game heroics by Perry, who came on as a pinch-hitter in the latter innings, capped off a thrilling back-and-forth affair that saw the lead trade hands several times.
Atholton got on the board first, getting a run in the bottom of the first, and that lead held up until the third inning when Glenelg’s Brooke Redmond and Brittney Everett (2-4, 2 RBI, SB) each drove in runs to put the Gladiators up 2-1.
Glenelg added another run in the top of the fifth, with Everett smacking an RBI triple with two outs, to make it 3-1.
But Atholton battled right back in the bottom of the fifth. After the Raiders got two runners on, Maya Schwartz (2-4, 3 RBI) stepped to the plate and launched a three-run home run to straight away centerfield to put her team back ahead by one, 4-3.
Glenelg pitcher Mandy Bendix recomposed herself after giving up the home run and got out of the inning. Then in the top of the sixth, she returned the favor by hitting a home run of her own. Her solo shot to center tied the game at four.
The Gladiators’ Colleen Regan came on in relief in the sixth and held Atholton without a run the rest of the way. And Atholton pitcher Alex Herschman (8 IP, 9 strikeouts) also did her part, which is what led the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Brooke Redmond was the runner that started on second base and scored when Perry delivered a two-out hit. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Regan came back out on the mound and struck out the first batter. The second batter lined a hard hit to left field but Perry was there to make a big catch, and then Regan struck out the last batter to end the game.
Regan earned the win in relief.
Marissa Saglimbeni also had a big game for Glenelg in the victory with a 2-4 day at the plate, a run and a stolen base.
Atholton got standout efforts in the loss from Gina D’Asto (3 walks, 2 runs), Herschman (2-3), Amanda Peterson (2-4) and Melanie Berger (2-4, RBI).
Glenelg 5, Atholton 4 (8 inn.)
123 456 78 R-H-E
G (3-0, 4-0) 002 011 01 5-9-0
A (1-1, 2-1) 100 030 00 4-9-1