In a game that featured strong pitching and some sloppy fielding, it was an unlikely candidate who turned out to be the hitting hero in Lansdowne's 6-5 win at Catonsville in Thursday's softball action.
Lansdowne sophomore catcher Bri Eiser asked coach Ken Goodman to drop her down in the batting order and he obliged, moving her from third to eighth.
Hitting near the bottom of the order, Eiser went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead Lansdowne to victory.
Eiser capped off a four-run rally with a two-out two-run single in the top of the sixth when the Vikings (8-2) rallied from a 5-2 deficit.
"I was just going for a base hit," Eiser said. "I had two girls on and that's all I really wanted."
"After innings like that, you have to really focus back in and try not to give up the lead again and I think we did a really good job of that," Goodman said. "I always try to remind, especially the younger girls, just the game's not over, softball and baseball are the most unpredictable sports ever, so you have to keep battling until the very last out of the very last inning."
The Vikings proved that with their sixth inning rally.
Jasmine Schuster reached on an error and advanced to second on an infield hit by Morgan Thayer.
Goodman drove home Schuster and Thayer with a double off the wall in left center field and she advanced to third on the throw home.
Jesse Trott walked with one out and stole second, putting runners on second and third with one out.
After a strike out, Eiser delivered with the two-run game-winning single for the 6-5 lead.
"They were putting the ball in play and we were either not making the plays or they were falling in," Catonsville coach Steve McCleary said. "They did a great job coming back."
The loss was the fourth defeat of the season to a quality opponent for Catonsville.
They also lost by a run to Dulaney, and Hereford and by two to Sparrows Point.
"We've been doing this too much," McCleary said. "We lose to the best teams by one and two runs."
"I didn't think Catonsville was going to be an easy game at all," Lansdowne coach Ken Goodman said.
The Vikings have only lost twice, once to Eastern Tech, 3-2, and to Dulaney, 21-1.
"That [Dulaney game] was just one of those games where you can't put your finger on why those things go off the rails," Goodman said.
That loss came early in the season.
"We walked out of last year thinking, 'Okay, this is the team,' we are losing two seniors, but we came in and it was a learning process all over again," Goodman said. "I don't know why, the bats aren't there that we had last year and the defense isn't there."
Catonsville played without cleanup hitter Rayner Reinhardt, who is out with a knee injury, but McCleary knows it was errors at untimely moments that cost his team the game.