Borgia’s softball team experienced a little bit of everything Saturday at the Elsberry Tournament.
Borgia (7-4) won, lost and tied at the event.
Borgia opened with a 3-1 loss to Silex in the first round and came back to beat Louisiana in the consolation semifinals, 3-2, in a game which went to the international tiebreaker after the time limit expired.
“It was big to get that win and bounce back,” said Borgia Head Coach Andrew Eggert. “On a hot day like this, we had to keep everyone hydrated and focused. The girls did a good job. They were ready to play and eager to win.”
And then there was the tie.
“It was a 1-1 tie with no game,” Eggert said. “We only got to the third inning. I would have liked to have seen it keep going and seen if our bats could have come alive.”
In the consolation game, the Lady Knights were tied with Montgomery County, 1-1, before the start of the fourth inning when the umpire declared the game over due to field hazards.
The biggest hazard was in the pitching circle on the Elsberry baseball field. In the dusty conditions, the pitchers had dug through to the old 40-foot concrete anchor for the pitching rubber. Both pitchers had been scraping their feet on the concrete with Borgia’s Lizzie Lynchard having trouble with her spikes and Montgomery County’s pitcher stating that her foot hurt.
“That was a new one,” Eggert said. “I’ve never had anything like that happen where the field affected the game and both pitchers were complaining about hurting. There’s no point in pushing through and risking anybody’s health in a game like that.”
Borgia scored its run in the bottom of the second after Dani Kimminau tripled. Kimminau and Beth Obermark had hits while MJ Maguire walked.
Lynchard allowed one run on three hits. The Montgomery County run scored in the top of the third.
Borgia’s win came in the second round against Louisiana. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of the time span, but went to the international tiebreaker rule.
After Borgia held Louisiana in the top of the seventh, Josie Lindemann knocked home Obermark with the winning run when her hard grounder took an unexpected bounce.
Borgia had trailed for most of that game. Louisiana scored in the top of the first, but Borgia tied it in the second. Louisiana took a 2-1 lead in the third, but Borgia tied it in the fifth.
Kimminau and Lynchard doubled to lead the offense. Maguire, Obermark and Lindemann singled.
Obermark scored two runs while Mya Hillermann had one run. Maguire stole a base. Shekinah Garcilaso walked.
Lynchard went the distance, allowing two runs (one earned) on 10 hits. She struck out four.
Borgia opened the day with a 3-1 loss to Silex, the event’s runner-up, 3-1.
“We didn’t come out with the correct approach at the plate,” Eggert said. “We had chances. Their pitcher kept us off balance and we didn’t put the bat on the ball like we needed to.”
Silex scored single runs in the first, third and fifth while Borgia got its run in the seventh.
Lynchard tripled. Elizabeth Smith singled twice. Maguire, Kimminau and Maria Bohle singled.
Bohle scored the run and Smith drove her home. Kimminau added a stolen base.
Borgia batters struck out 11 times against Hallie Mueller, the Silex hurler.
Borgia threw Abi Schmidt and she went the distance, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. She struck out four.
“Abi pitched a solid game,” Eggert said. “If she pitches like that every time, she will give us the chance to win games.”