The Laurence Manning Swampcats downed the Ben Lippen Falcons 11-4 in a second round SCISA 3A Softball State Tournament game on Thursday, May 12 that featured three rain delays and injuries from a fall over the fence in the third inning and a stretch at first base to end it.
Lindsey Barwick led the Swampcats going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Appropriately enough on this wet day, Madison Rainwater also was productive for Laurence Manning finishing 2-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored. Laini Kosinski went 2-for-5 with an RBI and also pitched a complete game.
Maddie Whitaker paced the Falcons going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ava Caughman also went 2-for-4, and Jillian Whitaker was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Stephanie Jones had a single and a run scored and pitched the whole way for Ben Lippen.
The Swampcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Lyza Pricklemeyer scored on a fielder’s choice and Rainwater came home on Kosinki’s groundout.
Laurence Manning added another in the second when Barwick came home on Laurabetts Brogdon’s double to right centerfield just before the first rain delay.
Ben Lippen got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Maddie Whitaker reached on an infield single and eventually scored on Kelsey Heydt’s double to left field.
The Swampcats responded by taking a 6-1 lead in the top of the third inning. The scoring started when Rainwater led off with a double and came home on an error. Gracyn Nalley then scored on a fielder’s choice, and Savan- nah Feagin’s single to left drove in Anne Marie Beard.
The Falcons cut that lead to 6-4 with three runs in the bottom of the third. Jones walked and eventually scored on Jillian Whitaker’s double to right field. Ava Caughman took home on a wild pitch. Then Eve Smither drove a ball deep to center field. Pricklemeyer made the catch for Laurence Manning but tumbled over the short temporary fencing installed for the tournament. She lay injured for about 10 minutes but eventually got up, shook off the pain, and stayed in the game. Jillian Whitaker did tag up from third to score on the play.
The fourth inning started with another rain delay, and then the Swampcats added a couple more runs once play started again. Rainwater came home on a passed ball, and Barwick got an RBI infield single.
After yet another rain delay to start the fifth inning, Laurence Manning made it a 9-4 game when Brogdon laid down a sacrifice bunt and got a run home on an errant throw. The Swampcats added another run in the sixth when Nally came home on Barwick’s single to left field. The final run came in the top of the seventh when Beard scored on another errant throw.
The Falcons loaded the bases with two outs as rain poured in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Kosinski collected a ground ball at the mound and tossed it to Barwick at first base for the final out. Unfortunately, Barwick stretched to make the catch and did a full split injuring herself on the play to put a damper on an already soaking celebration. She did eventually walk off the field with some assistance.
The Falcons were eliminated from the tournament by Hammond in a 5-3 loss the following Saturday.