Lansdowne sophomore catcher Bri Eiser was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the Vikings' 6-5 win over Catonsville.
Lansdowne sophomore catcher Bri Eiser was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the Vikings' 6-5 win over Catonsville. (Staff photo by Craig Clary)

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.

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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."

Jordyn Goodman was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits, while striking out six.

Sophomore Erin Kreis struck out six and allowed five hits in the complete-game effort for the Comets.

Both pitchers deserved a better fate.

Lansdowne scored two unearned runs in the top of the second inning.

Goodman reached on an error to open the inning. After Kreis got the next two batters on a ground out and strike out, courtesy runner Katelyn Gruby scored on a wild pitch.

Trinity Piller walked and Eiser drove her home with a double for a 2-0 lead.

Goodman walked Catonsville's leadoff batter Nicole Beautz in the bottom of the first and then retired the next nine batters, including five on strikeouts.

Trouble followed in the bottom of the third for the Vikings.

Kreis opened the inning by reaching on an error after a hard grounder.

After a ground out, courtesy runner Brooke Mariner scored on a single to center field by Karly DiDomenico.

DiDomenico advanced to second on an error and took third with a stolen base.

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Alyssa James followed a walk to Don'ya Tuesdale with an RBI infield single that plated DiDomenico with the tying run.

With runners on first and second, Jones reached on an infield hit and an errant throw on the play scored both runners, with Jones advancing to third.

She scored on a bunt single by Amber Lally, giving the Comets a 5-2 lead.

It was the last base hit the Comets would get as Goodman retired six of the final seven batters with the only runner reaching on an error.

"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.

"You've got to make plays," McCleary said.

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