Lady Mariners hope to keep bats hot on the road
May 5th, 2017 | Sean Pearson
Senior shortstop Bowe hits 4-7 with double, home run past Palmer on Saturday
By Sean Pearson
After falling to Colony 4-12 in an error-ridden Friday home game, Mariner softball tightened up on defense and fired up the bats to push past visiting Palmer 11-10 on Saturday.
The Moose came out swinging in the first inning, and scored five quick runs. Homer answered with one run in the bottom of the first, and two more in the bottom of the second. When Palmer scored another run in the top of the third — pushing their lead to 6-3 — Homer came back in the bottom of the third with a vengeance.
The Lady Mariners poured in seven third-inning runs to take a 10-6 lead, but the Moose were far from finished. A single Palmer run in the fourth, and three more in the fifth knotted the game at 10. As the game clock ticked down, Homer scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth to win the game.
Senior shortstop Mary Hana Bowe went 2-4 on the day, hitting a home run and driving in three Mariner runs. Elsie Smith, Rylee Doughty and Kaitlyn Johnson each added two hits and two RBIs.
Briana Hetrick got the win with 5 1/3 innings pitched. Hetrick gave up five runs on nine hits, walked three batters and struck out four.
Friday's Northern Lights Conference game against Colony was the Mariners' first loss of the season. The Lady M's outhit Colony 8-7, but Homer errors gave the Knights more runs. After scoring two runs in both the first and second innings, no more Mariners crossed the plate for the rest of the game.
And a seventh-inning 7-0 Colony run effectively shut down any kind of rally Homer had in mind.
Bowe and Smith again led the batting for the Mariners. Both went 2 for 3 at the plate, with Smith driving in two runs on a double. Doughty also added a double.
The Lady M's hosted Kenai on Tuesday, but results of the game were not available by Tribune press time.
This weekend, Homer hits the road and heads north to battle Houston, Palmer, West and Dimond.