Bombers' late runs top Tribe
bob ford/times news Palmerton's Jenna Ritter (right) freezes between second and third base as she watches the play in front of her. The Lehighton fielder is Emily Kollar.
It's something no one wants to see happen.
In the top of the sixth inning, Palmerton senior Sierra Miller was struck in the back of the head by a thrown ball on a play at first base.
Miller sustained a mild concussion on the play. But even though her head got a little banged up, she still gave her team a little "heart."
After the four-year starter was assisted off the field, her Blue Bomber teammates finished off the rally Miller had initially started.
It eventually turned out to be an emotional 10-6 non-league victory for the Bombers.
"Sierra's all heart," Palmerton manager Glen Reimer said. "She plays with all heart as most of my kids do. After she got hurt, the team just came together as one and did what they needed to do to score the win.
"We put together those four late runs and ended up coming out of here with a victory … thank goodness."
With the game locked at 6-6 after five innings of play, the Blue Bombers' Janel Tracy led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second base on her third stolen base of the game.
After moving to third on a fielder's choice, Tracy scored on the play where Miller got hurt. Miller's infield single gave the Blue Bombers a 7-6 lead.
"Lehighton has always been a big rival for us and we have an opportunity to be such a good team this year," said Bomber senior ace Martina Herring, who struck out nine and picke dup the win. "We just can't just give up runs like we did today.
"But it was apparent today that we can come together and do our best when needed."
Gabby Alban came in as a pinch runner for the injured Miller. Eventually, Alban found herself crossing home plate on Lauren Campbell's RBI single.
After allowing the Indians (2-1) to score six runs on seven hits prior to the sixth inning mishap, Herring refused to let the Indians take the lead again.
The Bombers' four-year starter stepped things up on the mound. After allowing her fifth walk of the game, she finally received a solid performance from her defense, which had committed five errors to that point, to keep the Indians away from home plate the rest of the way.
Herring took it upon herself to add some insurance runs with her bat in the seventh.
Herring's two-run double scored Michele Rickert and Tracy to finish off the scoring.
"It's a mental game too," Lehighton manager Todd Weaver said. "When something like that injury happens, or you have a bad inning, the strong mental teams are going to come back and start playing the way they can. And, Palmerton showed that.
"On the other hand, we have been making a lot of mental mistakes. I think its part of building confidence in our girls."
Campbell paced the Bombers (2-0) with three singles and three RBIs. Tracy (two singles, three runs scored), Rickerts (two singles, two run scored, RBI) and Miller (double, single, run scored) chipped in offensively as well.
Jenna Smith (single, triple, two runs scored, RBI) and Ashley Sensinger (single, double, run scored, RBI) led the Indians.
Palmerton 213 002 2 - 10 13 5
Lehighton 103 020 0 - 6 8 4
Herring and Campbell; Evans and Smith. W - Herring. L - Evans.