Odds go against Bulldogs
Nine out of 10 times simply means there’s still a chance.
Palisade High School’s softball team found itself tied 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday against Montrose.
With Hannah Tredway on second base and one out, Tiffany Wells laced a line drive to right field. Playing the statistical odds, Bulldogs coach John Vanlandingham waved Tredway around third base, figuring Indians right fielder Mallory Haulman couldn’t make the throw in time.
Vandlandingham guessed wrong. Haulman fired the ball home quickly enough for Montrose catcher Raeine Ebelsheiser to apply the tag to Tredway and keep the game tied.
“Nine out of 10 times they won’t be able to make that throw,” Vanlandingham said. “It was a great play.”
The Bulldogs stranded Wells at second, and with darkness falling, the game ended in a 7-7 tie.
The game was about 30 minutes late starting because of a long junior varsity game.
“I didn’t know where the ball went, and Coach (Vanlandingham) made the judgment,” Tredway said. “It was a great play on the right fielder’s part.”
The Bulldogs left the game knowing they had worked their way back into the game.
After losing an early 3-1 lead, Palisade found itself with a 7-3 deficit entering the bottom of the seventh inning. A Shelby Hanson double scored Wells, and Hanson scored on a throwing error. Two batters later, Breonna Poundstone hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run to tie the game 7-7.
“We were so pumped up,” Tredway said. “We have so much heart on this team, and got a rally going.”
The tie moves Palisade to 2-0-1 heading into this weekend’s Peach Fuzz Tournament.
The Bulldogs have gotten steady pitching so far from Hanson. Although she struggled at times against Montrose, Hanson got the outs when it counted. Hanson gave up three hits and struck out nine. She also had six walks, all of which eventually scored.
“Shelby pulls herself out when she needs to,” Tredway said. “It’s hard adjusting to the first game after a school day, but we’ll work through it and get it going.”
The Bulldogs also had a drop-off in run production from last weekend, when Palisade scored 32 runs in two games. Vanlandingham said only getting one run per inning early hurt the Bulldogs.
“We never had that big inning,” Vanlandingham said. “We have to be more prepared to not come out flat.”
Hanson went 2 for 5 and scored twice, and Kendra Barnes and Wells both finished with two hits.
Palisade plays Thomas Jefferson in the Peach Fuzz on Friday at 7 p.m. at Kronkright Park.