HINSDALE, N.H. -- Hinsdale right fielder Taylor Roberts hustled to rob Mascenic's Sarah Sharp of extra bases in the fifth inning of Wednesday's softball game, but after hitting the cut-off man she realized that her glasses had fallen to the ground during the play.
She would have been better off leaving them there, so that she wouldn't have been able to see the painful ending.
The visiting Vikings then erupted for 18 hits and 18 runs to turn a 4-4 tie into a 22-4 victory over the host Pacers.
Katelynn Kelleher went the distance for win. The ace fanned four, walked four and gave up five hits. She gave up one run in the first on Allison Scott's sacrifice fly and three more in the fourth, highlighted by an RBI single to left from Elise Atkins.
And the Hinsdale fans had reason to believe they would win up until that point. Atkins had retired the side in the first and third, and had only given up three hits -- Casey Thoel reached on a bunt single and Emily Rines delivered a base knock in the second, and Brianna Pilsbury sent a single up the gut in the fourth.
But then, out of nowhere, the Vikings started looking more like Team USA.
Trailing 4-3, the visitors drew even in the fifth when Casey Wayrunen belted a double and Sharp drove her in with a shot to right-center -- that was headed to the fence had Roberts not hustled to cut it off.
The Hinsdale right fielder then got into position for the next batter, but was smiling and telling the fans she couldn't find her glasses.
Erin Scollans and Amber Salo each came through with an RBI double, and the visitors also got two-run singles from Rines and Sharp as they opened up a 13-4 advantage.
The Pacers had no answer. Kelleher walked three and gave up one hit over the last three frames, but got the defensive plays when she needed them most.
Skylar Bonnette, who pitched a scoreless sixth in relief of Atkins, had to deal with a downpour and Mascenic's hot sticks in the top of the seventh.
The Vikings put together eight more hits and added nine more runs as they sent 15 batters to the plate. Super sub Elizabeth Martel and Scollans each had a couple of hits during the marathon rally.
Pitchers Atkins and Bonnette combined for four strikeouts, nine walks and a 23-hitter. Bonnette used her rifle arm to get four assists while at shortstop and was in on a pretty 7-6-2 relay play that got Scollans at the plate in the fifth. Atkins and Bonnette each had a pair of hits to lead the Pacers (1-1).
Vikings lineup: Casey Wayrunen, flex; Sarah Sharp, SS; Amber Salo, LF; Erin Scollans, CF; Katelynn Kelleher, P; Casey Thoel, 3B; Emily Rines, 2B; Brianna Pilsbury, RF; Cheyene Sauvalo, 1B; Liz Brassard, C.
Pacers lineup: Elise Atkins, P; Skylar Bonnette, SS; Allison Scott, CF; Kenzie Bonnette, C; Taylor Coleman, 3B; Taylor Roberts, RF; Colleen Bedaw, LF; Bridget Bourne, 1B; Megan Finnel, DP; Mackenzie Schultz, 2B.
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