Brooke fends off Madonna in wild game
WEIRTON — Teams rarely win when they commit eight errors, but the Brooke softball squad was able to pull of the rare feat.
Brooke scored at least one run in five innings against Madonna, and the Bruins plated three in the sixth to rally for an 8-7 victory in a game that featured a little bit of everything Wednesday at Starvaggi Park.
“It was a wild game,” Brooke (14-3) head coach Jim DiCarlo said. “Give their pitcher credit, but we left too many runners on base in scoring position with less than two outs. I think five times we had a runner in scoring position with less than two outs, and we got nothing out of it.
“I was really disappointed with our bunting. We worked on bunting (Tuesday). I am happy we hit the ball.”
Both teams held the lead multiple times. The Bruins led 1-0, 5-3 and 8-6. The Blue Dons led 3-2 and 6-5.
“The game had a little bit of everything,” Madonna (6-6) head coach Chris Conti said. “We made some errors, and we made some good plays. I thought we played very well.
“I am proud of the girls. We hit the ball well against a very good pitcher. We need to do that consistently. I’m not mad. I am pleased with how we played. Brooke played well. We played well.”
Trailing 6-5, Brooke recorded three runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-6 lead. Madonna answered back with a run in the bottom half of the inning, but that was as close as the hosts were able to get. The Blue Dons got a runner on base in the seventh, but they were unable to bring her home.
Maleaha Misch picked up the win for Brooke. She allowed seven runs on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking two.
“Maleaha was not at her best,” DiCarlo said. “Give credit to Madonna. They hit the ball well. I just didn’t think she was as sharp and her velocity was not as good as it has been. She may have been a little sore. They did a wonderful job. I have to give them credit.”
Landry Bone took the loss for Madonna. She allowed eight runs on eight hits, while striking out six and walking nine. She also hit a batter.
“I thought Landry pitched well,” Conti said. “I thought she did a very good job. Defensively we played well. We played a good game. Hopefully, that is contagious.”
Both teams gave away free bases. The Blue Dons made four errors in the loss.
All 15 hits in the game were singles.
Kalliopi Makricostas collected two singles and two RBIs to lead the way for Brooke. Angelina Lippoli and Misch each tallied a single and an RBI. Kameryn Eckles recorded two singles. Emilee Knorr and Lexi Foresha each contributed a single, while Wyntar McQuiston produced an RBI.
Miranda Sole delivered two singles and two RBIs for Madonna. Bone helped herself with a run-scoring single, and Madalena Daughtery tallied an RBI. Casey Yacos, Jordon Dillon, Mia Pietranton and Carmela Pulice all collected a base hit.
“They hit the ball, and we hit the ball,” Conti said. “We made a couple of mistakes. We have got some younger kids out there playing. They have to get used to playing in the field.”
The Blue Dons took advantage of eight Bruin errors. Six of Brooke’s eight errors came in the first four innings.
“We were a little shaky,” DiCarlo said. “We have to sure things up on defense. We gave up a lot of unearned runs. They did a good job getting timely hits. You have to give them credit. They hit the ball hard. They were ready to play. It was a good game. It is a rivalry.”
Eckles led off the game with a single, and she scored on a groundout by Lippoli giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the first.
Makricostas singled home a run in the second to extend Brooke’s advantage to 2-0.
Madonna answered with three runs in the home half of the inning to take its first lead of the game. Daugherty drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the Blue Dons’ first run, and then Sole singled home a pair to give the hosts a 3-2 lead.
Brooke recorded a run in the third to knot the score at 3-3. Lippoli walked to lead off the inning, and she ended up scoring on a dropped ball in the outfield.
The visitors regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth to make the score 5-3.
The Blue Dons struck back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to once again take the lead at 6-5.
“I knew it was going to be a good game,” DiCarlo said. “It was going to be a toss-up. They are a good team.”
Brooke had two runners thrown out at the plate trying to score.
The Bruins have won both meetings with the Blue Dons this season. The two teams will play each other again next Thursday at Brooke.
Brooke: Tentatively visits Weir High at 5 p.m. Friday.
Madonna. Tentatively hosts Magnolia at 5 p.m. today.
Brooke 8, Madonna 7
Brooke 1-1-1 2-0-3 0 — 8 8 8
Madonna 0-3-0 3-0-1 0 — 7 7 4
BROOKE (14-3): Misch (WP, CG, 7R, 7H, 8K, 2BB) and Brown. Eckels 2S; Knorr S; Lippoli S, RBI; Foresha S; Misch S, RBI; McQuiston RBI; Makricostas 2S, 2RBIs
MADONNA (6-6): Bone (LP, CG, 8R, 8H, 6K, 9BB) and Sole. Daugherty RBI; Sole 2S, 2RBIs; Bone S, RBI; Yacos S; Dillon S; Pietranton S; Pulice S