Panthers' Softball fell to Miami Dade and Eastern Florida in the final two games of the Southern Conference tournament.
Palm Beach struck first as a single and a walk set up Rileigh Manning with runners in scoring position -- and she delivered. An RBI single put the Panthers ahead 1-0. The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 4th inning. An error, sacrifice bunt, and ground ball single put runners at the corners with one out. A sacrifice fly tied the game at 1-1.
The game could be described as a pitcher's duel as both teams traded "zeroes" for the majority of the game. Palm Beach starter Sydney Kadur allowed just 1 run through 8 innings.
In the 9th, Palm Beach finally broke through Miami Dade pitching. Leah Carman led off the inning with a ground ball single. She was replaced on the bases by Makenna Sartain. Lauran Meadow would sacrifice, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Skylar Jones smashed a double down the left field line that scored Sartain to take a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Miami Dade would rally back. A leadoff ground ball single put the tying run on base. A sacrifice bunt, then a line drive single, put runners at 1st and 3rd. A wild pitch allowed Miami Dade to tie the game at 2-2. Finally, a double to center field, which nearly left the yard, gave Miami Dade the win 3-2.
In game #2, Palm Beach took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st; however, that lead was short-lived. Eastern Florida came roaring back in the top of the 2nd scoring 4 runs on 5 hits. 7 of the first 8 batters would reach. Destiny Cornelius would come on in relief and finish the remainder of the game.
Moving to the bottom of the 3rd, with the score 5-1 Eastern Florida, the Panthers would score 2 runs of their own to cut the lead to 5-3. Rileigh Manning lead off the inning with a line drive single. Leah Carman and Lauran Meadow would both walk, loading the bases. Destiny Cornelius came through with a 2-RBI single. Sydney Kadur would fly out to end the threat.
Palm Beach would cut the lead to 6-4 on an RBI single by Leah Carman.
Moving to the bottom of the 6th, with the Panthers trailing 8-4, Lauran Meadow would double home 2 runs to cut the lead to 8-6. Eastern Florida would answer back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 7th. The game would end with the final score of 10-6.
Follow us on social media!