N'western gets first victory
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This time, Northwestern didn't let a bad start prevent it from winning.
The Tigers allowed Palmerton to score three times in the top of the first inning, but roared back for a 6-5 Colonial League victory on Monday afternoon.
It was the first win of the season for Northwestern, which suffered setbacks to Emmaus and Pen Argyl last week.
"I'm very proud in the fact that we're finally coming together," Northwestern coach Jen Horner said. "The last two Colonial League games we fell behind 3-0 (to Palmerton) and 4-0 (to Pen Argyl), but in both games we battled back and showed signs that we won't give up."
Aftering seeing their comeback fall a run short against Pen Argyl, the Tigers weren't going to be denied yesterday.
"First of all, our attitude coming into this game was that we were definitely getting ourselves a win," said Northwestern pitcher Tori Papp said. "We kept our heads up for all seven innings. When people got down, we just kept picking each other up throughout the entire game.
"Unlike the other two days, today we were able keep it all together, keep our heads together down to the final inning and put one in the win column."
Sierra Miller's two-run double and Martina Herring's fielder's choice RBI keyed a Bombers' opening inning surge.
But the Tigers' answered back in the bottom of the inning, using walks to Lauren Horner and Blaise Barron, and Brook Heller's two-run single to pull close.
In the second, Northwestern took advantage of two Palmerton miscues to tie the game.
Northwestern grabbed a 5-3 lead in the third inning when Papp drilled an RBI double to score Heller, who reached on an infield single. Nicole Metzger then followed with an RBI single to score courtesy runner Catie Kittle.
Although six fielding errors hurt Palmerton quite a bit, they didn't hurt as much as the two mental meltdowns on the base paths the Bombers suffered in the sixth and seventh innings.
With a chance to load the base paths in the sixth, Joelle Reinhardt, serving as a courtesy runner for Alex Harleman ended up getting thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
In the seventh inning, the Bombers' Katie Reimer walked and Miller recorded her third hit of the day. Reimer scored when Herring reached on a Northwestern error.
Amber Hettler followed with a single to left field and it appeared that Palmerton head coach/third base coach Glen Reimer wanted Miller to attempt to score. But Miller slowed up instead and stopped at third base. With the bases loaded and one out, Steph Buck popped out and Herring was caught off second base to end the game with a double play.
It wasn't the way Reimer wanted things to pan out, especially after the Bombers fell short in their first game against Catasauqua - when a Roughie outfield snagged what could have been a game-winning three-run homer by Katie Reimer.
But, he feels the team is still in good shape despite its 0-2 start.
"They didn't give up," Reimer said. "We made too many base-running mistakes, too many mental errors. It's only our fourth time on the field this season. We just have to make sure we keep our heads up and push forward. We thought we would have a better result here, but today we came out on the short-end of the stick."
The Bombers' Michelle Rickert finished 4-for-4 on the day with four singles, a run scored and a RBI.
Tori Papp paced the Tigers with two doubles, a single and a RBI.
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Northwestern 212 010 x - 6 9 2
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