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Foothill softball: Beginning again

Lindvall hits homer to open game and wins it with another

Posted: April 22, 2010 10:52 p.m.
Updated: April 23, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Janelle Lindvall started it. And she ended it, too.

The sophomore catcher hit two home runs, one in the first inning and one in the 10th inning, to break a 4-4 tie and lead the West Ranch softball team to a 6-4 victory over the Canyon Cowboys on Thursday.

"I just went up looking for pitching and hacking, and it worked," Lindvall said. "I was lucky that it was the right time and people were on."

It was definitely the right time - both times.

Lindvall gave her team an early lead when she hit a two-run homer in the first inning, scoring first baseman Alex Gaff who had walked.

The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning on a home run by Madison Vogelsang.

Canyon got one back in the sixth when a throwing error scored pitcher Hayley Bottino, who reached on a walk, but the Cowboys gave up another run in the seventh on two errors.

After leading 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Canyon managed three hits and three runs in the frame.

Center fielder Jenny Wunderlich started the rally with a single into short right and the bases were loaded after Emily Walter walked and Brittany Williams reached on an error. Bottino smacked a double up the third-base line, driving in two runs and closing the gap to 4-3. Danielle Sullivan singled to center field and Bottino scored on a delayed double steal to tie the game.

"I just kept thinking I had to hit the ball as hard as I could," Bottino said. "She was throwing inside and I just had to hit it."

Bottino had just one hit in the game, but that double and her steal of home put her team back in the game.

"I thought we had them in the sixth inning," said West Ranch head coach Bob Shults. "But they never gave up."

Bottino threw nine innings, striking out six and giving up five hits before being replaced by Leanne Hill in the 10th inning.

"Hayley is good as a pitcher and good with the bat," said Canyon head coach Dwain Whalen. "Today doesn't really tell the story of how well she pitched."

West Ranch pitcher Bailey Foster also tossed nine innings, with Amanda Martin pitching the sixth inning. Foster struck out nine batters and gave up eight hits.

"It was a long game," Foster said. "But I knew I had a good team behind me and that gave me confidence."

Lindvall, who finished the game with two home runs and four RBIs, also made some key defensive plays, including two pick-offs at third base, both for the third out with bases loaded in the first and sixth innings.

"We didn't have a play, but Lauren (Lombardi) was there, so I tried to get them out," Lindvall said.

Shults said his team is young and learning and he was happy with the way the players stayed in the game.

"We stayed positive and we're going to be good at the end of the year," Shults said.

West Ranch's Stephanie Moses finished 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base.

Whalen said his team will build off of this game and get better.

"One thing about this team, they don't stop believing they can win," he said.


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