Northeast nips Enterprise
By By Robby Atkinson / staff writer
Aug. 27, 2003
They say lightning never strikes the same place twice. But when it comes to softball, you would have a hard time making Northeast Lauderdale and Enterprise believe it.
The Lady Trojans took their second straight one-run win over Enterprise by the final score of 5-4 at Northeast Park in local high school softball action Tuesday. Northeast notched a one-run win at Enterprise last Friday.
"We played well in some areas and the most important thing is that we got the win," Harper said. "We had to call on some of the younger girls to play tonight due to some injuries, and they responded very well."
The Lady Trojans took a one-run lead in the opening inning. Capri Norris reached first base to start the game thanks to an Enterprise throwing error and later crossed the plate on an RBI double by Jayme Gardner.
After a quick inning on offense for the Lady Bulldogs, Northeast Lauderdale went to work again.
Jennifer Bristow started the bottom of the second with a single, and Eliza Gavin also singled in the inning to put a pair of runners aboard for the Lady Trojans.
The inning was quickly silenced due to a pair of great defensive plays by Enterprise shortstop Kaccy Jimmerson to end the Northeast scoring threat.
"Our girls never quit, and they proved that tonight being down early in the game," said Enterprise head coach Kacie Roberson.
Northeast did pick up two runs in the bottom of the third to extend the lead and make the Trojan fans a little more comfortable.
Norris led the third off with a single and later scored the second run on a fielder's choice groundout by Kim Crawford to give the Lady Trojans a 2-0 edge.
Amber Gray reached on a error moments later and then scored on a hard single to right field by Bristow to make the score 3-0 at the end of the third. Northeast picked up its final two runs of the night in the fourth inning to build the lead to 5-0 over the Lady Bulldogs.
Jessica Love and Norris started the offense with a single apiece and both came around to score on a mammoth double to right by Jana Olczak to give Northeast Lauderdale a five-run cushion.
Enterprise chipped away at the Lady Trojans in the fifth with a parade of singles. Amanda Parker started the inning with a single and later scored on a single by Amy Tackett to cut the lead to 5-1. The next two runs would then score on a double by Heather Todd to make the score only 5-3.
"We hit the ball well at the end of the game, but we just couldn't get those big hits when we needed them," Roberson said.
The Lady Bulldogs got their final run of the evening on a sacrifice fly from Bailey Creel, but Northeast was able to hang on for the win.
"You need to give them credit and they are a good team to come back towards the end to the game," Harper said.
Norris led the Lady Trojans' offense with three singles and two runs scored. Gardner also had a single, a double and two RBI's. Ashton Shirley led Enterprise's offense with three singles, and Jimmerson had a single and double in the loss for EHS.
Northeast Lauderdale improves its record to 9-3 for the season, and Enterprise fell to 2-6.
Northeast returns to action at home Tuesday against Meridian High. Enterprise will open up district play against Philadelphia at home the same night. Both games are schedule for 6 p.m.