ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – A furious, bottom-of-the-seventh rally ended with a walk-off base-on-balls drawn by Lexi Aguilar, as the Pirates defeated the Valley Forge Patriots, 10-9, in the nightcap of a Great Lakes Conference twin bill on Saturday.
Losers of a hard-fought 10-7 affair in the opener, the Maroon & White appeared to be destined for the wrong side of a sweep when they entered the seventh in game two trailing, 9-6. A double play had just gotten Marissa Smiley and the Pirates out of a jam in the top half of the seventh. Aguilar was on the receiving end of that twin killing, a liner turned into two by second baseman Catie Wolons. Smiley had come on to pitch with one out in the third, and she had allowed just one run in four innings-plus.
The River half of the seventh opened with a single by Emily Satayathum. A single, a hit batter and three walks later, Lexi Aguilar found herself at the plate with the bases full of Pirates and the score tied, 9-9. Aguilar worked the count to 3-1 and then let a fourth ball pass, sending in Kelsey Murphy with the winning run.
Rocky River won that second game despite being out-hit by Valley Forge, 15-7. Aguilar’s base-on-balls marked the 16th of the game issued by Patriot pitching.
In Saturday’s opener, Valley Forge plated seven fourth-inning runs to open a 9-2 lead. River battled back to an eventual 10-7 final score despite only managing three hits in the contest. Megan McBride gave River two strong innings of relief in game one.
For the two games combined, Mo McIntyre went 1-for-3 with a double, six walks and three runs batted in. The fourth-year member of the program raised her season on-base percentage to a robust .425. Catie Wolons went 3-for-7 with a triple (River’s second of the season) and three RBIs.
Rocky River (8-12, 5-5 GLC) will continue its season with a Senior Day doubleheader against Holy Name on Monday.
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