Softball Edged Twice by Blair
Visiting Blair Academy won a pair of close games over Mercersburg to sweep a softball doubleheader (5-4 and 5-3) April 2 in a Mid-Atlantic Prep League twin-bill at Spider Field.
In a scoreless game in the bottom of the 5th, Cate Vickery ’22 singled, and back to back bunts by Ava Guzic ’25 and Yael Hochberg ’25 loaded the bases. Catherine Shaffer ’22 then crushed a bases-clearing double on a rope to left center, where she would advance to third on the throw home. Kayleigh Linn ’22 then drove Shaffer home on an RBI groundout and Mercersburg led 4-0.
Blair answered back quickly, scoring four runs of their own in the top of of the 6th by stringing four hits together. Three more hits in the top of the 7th plated another run for the Bucs, who now led, 5-4. In the bottom of the 7th, Shaffer hit a two-out triple, but was stranded at third and the Storm fell 5-4.
"This was a tough one, especially because we had all of the momentum and energy after we went up 4-0, but Blair was able to respond and find the holes," said Mercersburg head coach Lauren Jacobs. "We played a perfect game on defense and put ourselves in every position to win; as coaches, we couldn't ask for anything more. It was a fun back-and-forth game that I think will really benefit us as we move forward."
The stellar defense did not continue in the second game, when the teams combined for 11 errors (six for the Storm, five for the Bucs). Blair broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the bottom of the second. Mercersburg pulled with 4-3 by plating a pair of 5th-inning runs, but Blair added an insurance tally in the sixth and held on for the victory.
Guzic was 3-for-3 and Izzy Jones ’22 went 2-for-3. "It was a sloppy game, but we still battled and gave ourselves a chance," Jacobs said. "Quin [Caretti ’24] pitched well, holding them to just four hits, but their speed, combined with our errors and some walks, created some runs and momentum for them."
Mercersburg (2-4, 0-4 MAPL) hosts St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Friday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m.