Amity Rallies To Stun Brookings-Harbor

By Jeremy McDonald

MEDFORD, Ore.– Sometimes Softball presents some of the most interesting situations.

It hasn’t been the best of Invites for Amity. Matter of fact it was forgettable with the growing pains that this young team was going through.

But still, down 10-2 and could call it a week with three tough losses and what looks like a fourth, the Warriors scores 11 unanswered runs to take a 13-10 lead into the fifth inning.

For a team who only really see returners in Gabby Rolston, Keeley Graham and Gracie Wright from last season’s 3A Quarterfinalist team, it was one of those moments that could have changed the whole game with spirits being lifted as each run came across Homeplate.

“We got better with them because we got better contact and it lifted up our spirits.  We got hoped because the score got closer to each other,” said Gabby Rolston.  “Knowing that we were still in it and we could still do this, everyone wanted it.”

Amity allowed one run in the fifth on defense before turning a three-up, three-down inning to keep Brookings-Harbor from exploding once more as they did in the third inning.  Offensively, Rolston drove in six RBIs in her final two at-bats an offense that saw everyone going to the plate bringing home a hit Tuesday afternoon.

After losing a tough game to La Pine to start the day Tuesday and falling behind 10-2 Amity scored the next 19 runs to beat Brookings-Harbor (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

It was weird to think, at one-point it was 10-2 Bruins and now it was 20-11 with Abby Sambuceto coming to the plate following Rolston’s three-RBI triple to put the Warriors just a run away from the 10-run rule to seal their second win of the season.  The freshman came through, icing the 21-11 win in six innings.

“It’s very good how we finished it.  I’m really excited.  We can just keep in mind that we could come back from this (moving forward),” said Sambuceto.

Not just was their comeback out of the ordinary, how they did it was just as extraordinary.  In a matter of three innings, they’ve outscored the Bruins 19 runs to one to close out there four-game Spring Break festivities with a big time win entering next Tuesday’s road match-up with Clatskanie.

There were some nerves of course admits first-year Head Coach Jennifer Kendall.  Thinking that the game La Pine would be the better of the two, but after dropping a 5-4 game to the Hawks it seemed as if it gave them one final opportunity to dig deep and finish strong against Brookings-Harbor.

“It was great, those girls came in clutch, brought them in.  We told them never give up, keep your heads up.  It was a good win,” said Kendall.  “I’m very proud of them for hanging in there and comeback, I thought it was awesome.”

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