Blue Bombers' Reimer makes amends
Katie Reimer was happy for the chance to make amends.
After committing an error that led to Northwestern scoring the tying run in the top of the seventh, Reimer had an opportunity to make up for her mistake.
She led off Palmerton's seventh inning with a hit and eventually came around to score the winning run on a wild pitch, giving the Lady Bombers a 6-5 win and keeping the Tigers one win from a district playoff berth.
"I was upset at myself because I was the one that threw the error to give them the two runs," she said. "I usually don't make mistakes like that. I knew I had to get the runs back for my team."
The Bombers didn't give up in the back and forth game that saw the lead change six times.
They were up two runs heading into the last inning, but Northwestern threated in the to of the seventh with runners on second and third and one out. Reimer, the Bomber short stop, cleanly fielded a ground ball but threw high to first. The Tigers would have pushed one run across even without the error, but they got two across to tie the game, 5-5.
Reimer then led off Palmerton's seventh with a single. She got to second on a Northwestern error and moved to third on a fielder's choice.
Three pitches later a ball in the dirt got past Northwestern's catcher and Reimer raced home to end the game.
"I was really anxious, ready to go," she said. "I'm really aggressive on the bases. I was kind of on a leash there waiting for a passed ball or a hit."
Palmerton out-hit Northwestern 11-5 in the game as junior Martina Herring had 11 strike outs to eclipse the school record of 317. She now has 318.
"I feel like I was hitting my spots today more than I ever did," Herring said.
Herring consistently got high fastballs past the swinging bats of Northwestern.
"She's a good pitcher, but we weren't disciplined on her high pitch," said Northwestern head coach Jen Horner.
Herring has battled through injuries and missed some time this season, but when she's been on the mound she's been very hard to hit.
"She always does awesome," said Reimer. "She keeps us in games. She's a really big leader on our team."
Head coach Glen Reimer liked the way his team battled from behind to take the lead three times in the game.
"This team has a lot of heart," he said. "They've always had a lot of heart. The girl that threw the error comes back and leads off the inning with a hit. She didn't give up and that's how we are. That's our team."
Northwestern went up 1-0 when Lauren Horner (3-for-4, 2 runs scored) reached base on an error and eventually scored on a fielder's choice.
Palmerton, which got its lead-off batter on base in six of seven innings, went ahead in the second when Amber Hettler singled and Alexa Harleman reached base on an error. They both scored on a Herring single for a 2-1 lead.
The Tigers (7-8, 8-9) went back in front in the third. Horner led off with a double and scored on Jess Dietrich's triple.
Dietrich scored on Tori Papp's single to put her team ahead 3-2.
The Bombers, who had 11 hits in the game, kept the offense going over the next three innings. In the third they got one run on Hettler's two-out double to tie the game.
In the fourth, Reimer reached base on an error with two outs then scored on Steph Buck's single for a 4-3 lead.
In the fifth, Sierra Miller led off with a single and scored on a fielder's choice to make it 5-3.
Five Palmerton players had two hits each, including Buck, Reimer, Miller, Hettler and Harleman, which makes up the second through sixth positions in the team's batting order.
The Bombers have one more game left in the season, today against Northern Lehigh.
"We're finally getting healthy and it's a little bit too late," Glen Reimer said. "But we're going to play spoiler and do what we can to be respectful."
Northwestern is still one win from earning a district berth with one game left, today against Catasauqua.
Northwestern 102 000 2 - 5 5 3
Palmerton 021 110 1 - 6 11 2
Papp and Williams; Herring and Harleman. WP - Herring. LP - Papp.