Goshen season comes to an end with loss to Hatton

Published 11:51 am Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Goshen bats went silent Saturday morning in a 10-4 season-ending loss to Hatton Saturday morning in the AHSAA Softball State Tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

After giving up four runs in the top of the third inning, Goshen looked poised to respond in the bottom half, before a controversial call killed the new-found momentum.

Goshen’s Fran Warrick seemingly doubled on a line shot down the left field line, but was ruled out for missing first base. On the appeal attempt, Hatton’s pitcher appeared to begin her wind up motion before tossing the ball over to first. However, the umpire crew didn’t rule a balk.

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“It took the wind out of our sails a little,” said Warrick. “We just never got those bats cranked up like I wanted them to be. We just never could get those timely hits back-to-back.

The Lady Eagles scratched a couple runs across with a double from Katie Thomas and bloop single to shallow left off the bat of Casey Allen. Samantha Roy scored in the bottom of the sixth for Goshen’s fourth and final run of the day.

Pitcher Lizzy Galloway struggled somewhat against Hatton. Galloway gave up a three-run double in the third inning and a three-run homer in the sixth. In total, Hatton pounded out 13 hits and the top four hitters in the Lady Hornet lineup accounted for eight base knocks.

“Lizzy didn’t have her best stuff today,” Warrick said. “We knew they had a lot of power and had to keep the ball away and we just didn’t do that. I don’t know, it is what it is.”

Despite the loss, Warrick said the season was a memorable one for many different reasons.

“They taught me as much as I taught them this year,” Warrick said. “They had my back and I had their back, so we kind of learned together. I can’t not be proud of them, because we had so much to overcome. I am proud of their fight.”