Softball | PQ stunned by Bertie; NSA cruises to Easter tournament title game
Three games ended by 10 or more run margins
By Malcolm Shields
Saturday, April 20, 2019
EDENTON — It was a dramatic ending to the opening game of the Albemarle Easter softball tournament at John A. Holmes High School Friday morning.
Bertie rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Perquimans 5-4.
The Falcons (9-8) loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning.
That led Perquimans (16-3) to bring in Megan Denson to pitch in relief for starting pitcher Faith Christian.
During the first at-bat that Denson pitched, she appeared to get ahead in the count, but the field umpire called Denson for two illegal pitches for leaping while pitching.
Perquimans did not agree with the calls.
That changed the count to 3-0.
Denson would walk in a run.
Another run scored on a wild pitch to trim the PQ lead to 4-3.
Christian would come back into the circle to pitch with runners on second and third.
That set the table for Bertie’s Alyssa Byrum, who deposited a single into center field that scored two runs to give Bertie the walk-off victory.
Perquimans scored two runs in the first inning for a 2-0 lead.
The Falcons cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Byrum.
Perquimans scored a run in the third when Kaileigh Nixon beat out a bunt for a single.
With a Perquimans runner heading to third base, the Falcons didn’t have a player covering the base.
That allowed the ball to skip away and a run to score to increase the Pirates lead to 3-1.
McKayle Knapp followed with a RBI double to increase the Perquimans lead to 4-1.
Before the seventh inning, Christian had a strong outing in the circle as the sophomore scattered six hits over six innings.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 15, Northeastern 0: The Saints (13-1) scored five runs in the first, four in the second and six in the third to cruise to the win by mercy-rule in 2 ½ innings in the second game of the tournament.
Northeastern (5-10) could not square up NSA pitcher Madison Inscoe. The freshman pitcher retired the first seven Northeastern batters.
The Eagles got their first hit on a single by Olivia Umphlett in the third inning.
Inscoe finished with seven strikeouts.
Gabby Infranco paced NSA as she went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI,
Perquimans 14, Northeastern 1: Perquimans shook off the loss in the opening game of the Easter softball tournament with a victory against Northeastern in four innings.
Perquimans (17-4) batted around in the second inning en route to a 10-run frame.
Kaileigh Nixon and Kaitlyn Votava each had a two-run double, while Faith Christian had a two-run single in the second.
Nixon also had another double that scored a run in the frame.
Northeastern (5-11) scored a run in the second.
Megan Denson pitched four innings and registered four strikeouts in the win.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 11, Bertie 1: The Saints (14-1) defeated the Falcons (9-9) in five innings in the final game of the day Friday afternoon.
Madison Inscoe paced the NSA offense with a leadoff home run in the first inning and added a three-run home run in the fifth inning.
Inscoe had four hits against Bertie in the win.
NSA’s Reese Byrd pitched five innings, gave up a run and posted six strikeouts.
Bertie’s Alyssa Byrum had a RBI single in the third inning.
Weather permitting, Bracket B play of the tournament is set to take place today at John A. Holmes.