Freshman Alyssa Taborn roped a one-out RBI single to left field in the eighth inning to lift the Erie Community College (6-12) softball team to a 5-4 win over Westmoreland Community College (18-12) in the nightcap of a doubleheader played Wednesday in Williamsville. Erie used the strong pitching of sophomore Carolyn Sickau to win the opener 2-0.
Erie held 4-1 lead after the third inning of the second game. Westmoreland chipped away at the Kats lead with a run in the fourth and then got a two-run home run in the seventh inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Playing the international tiebreaker rule, Westmoreland sacrificed the runner over to third base. With one out and a runner on third, second baseman Krista Longo took a ground ball and threw it to home where catcher Kristin Ball had blocked the plate and tagged the runner out. With two outs and a runner on first, Westmoreland’s Brianna Acolatto lined a double to the right-centerfield fence that could have put the Mustangs ahead. However, a perfect relay from center fielder Courtney Bonivissuto to Longo to Ball got the runner out at the plate for the third out.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Bonivissuto’s sacrifice bunt moved ball to third base. She then came home to score the winning run when Taborn’s line drive hit the base of the left field fence.
Taborn finished the game three-for-four with three RBI. Longo also was three-for-four and sophomore Belinda Hernon was two-for-four.