ELLENBORO —Emily Dotson drove in four runs and East Rutherford held off a seventh-inning charge as the Cavaliers took a 9-6 win over visiting Forbush Wednesday night.
East Rutherford held a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series heading into Thursday night’s game at Forbush.
After two trips in 24 hours to Ellenboro - a town just outside of Forest City - Forbush finally got to play softball after Tuesday night’s game was called following a deluge that fell just minutes before the first pitch would have been thrown.
The trip from East Bend is two-and-a-half hours one way.
“It’s tough when you have to make two trips in a row,” Forbush Coach Rachel Davis said.
The Cavaliers put three runs on the board in the first inning. Dotson’s two-run double off the left-center wall was the big blow, following a single by Raven Gray and a double by Savannah Davis.
Davis said her team wasn’t fazed by the early three-run deficit. “Our girls have been through this before,” she said. “They’ve seen game like that. Stuff like that happens.
“Mentally, they are able to get over stuff like that.”
Dotson added a two-run single to cap a six-run sixth. “She put the ball in play well,” East Rutherford Coach Laura Hopper Ray said. “She has that drive. She’s a senior. She doesn’t want this to end.”
Forbush responded with three runs in the fourth. Logan Wood led off with a single; Sydney Miller followed with a double; and Mallory Choplin drove in Wood with a single. The Cavaliers then made two errors, allowing Brooke Hardy (running for Miller) and Choplin to score. Both errors came as a result of throws to second by Dotson, the catcher.
After falling behind 9-3 in the fifth, the Falcons made some noise in the seventh. Taylor Wooten started the rally with a one-out single; Wood followed with a single; Miller was hit by a pitch; and Choplin’s grounder to short was mishandled to score Wooten.
Heather Hatcher then hit a grounder to second. East Rutherford second baseman Sam Steed made the decision to go home with the ball instead of making the easy play to first. Wood scored ahead of Steed’s throw and Hatcher was safe at first on the fielder’s choice.
Marissa Lineberry then scored Miller with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 9-6. With two outs and runners at first and second, Savannah Henry’s hard grounder down the third-base line was fielded by Jenna Carter for the third out.
“They kept putting the ball in play and they didn’t give up,” Davis said of her team.
Eight of the nine Cavaliers had hits Wednesday night. They had 11 hits in all. “They hit the ball well,” Davis said.
It was East Rutherford’s 23rd straight win. “We knew it was important to win this first one,” Ray said. “We know it’s going to be hard to win there.
“I couldn’t be more impressed with how they (Forbush) played.”
Ray said she doesn’t think her team will get away with the errors her team made in Game 1. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t have those tomorrow night,” she said.
F 000 300 3 — 6 8 0
ER 300 060 x — 9 11 4
F: Sydney Miller, Kelsey Swaim (7) and Marissa Lineberry. ER: Savannah Davis and Emily Dotson. 2B: Davis, Dotson, Miller. Records: F 21-5, ER 24-2.
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