The on lookers gasp in unison as the Grand Haven Buc’s first basemen misses the catch. Junior Meredith Schole briefly hesitates at first, if the basemen would have caught the ball, she would have been for surely out. As luck would have it, the ball fell out of the glove. Schole made it all the way to home, a turning point for the FHC Lady Ranger softball game.
The Lady Ranger team pulled out a win, the final score 10-5, making their season 16-7 so far. The head coach Jen Jackson celebrated in her own way for the team. She was unable to make it to the game, due to being in labor with her newborn baby.
The last inning was boring in terms of the scoreboard and on the field. Neither team scored in the seventh or the sixth, each inning ending for the Rangers in three immediate outs. The Buc’s had several singles, but were unable to keep up with the defense the Ranger outfield brought back to them.
In the bottom of the fifth the rangers pulled a few balls, keeping an eye on the pitches thrown, though were unable to match Grand Haven’s two runs in the inning. The top of the fourth, the Buc’s brought on the heat. Getting three runs in, giving the Rangers, now down a scare. The Lady Rangers matched the pressure scoring five more runs in the same inning.
“We ran the bases very well,” Junior Alex Harris said. It proved to help them win the game.
Schole hit an inside the park homer with the bases loaded. Harris had stolen not only second base, but third as well. Their decision timing of when to run and how far helped them through the inning to coming out to be up again.
“I was so nervous when down, but luckily we came back strong, hitting the ball well at the plate,” co-team captain senior Megan Streeter said. She was also recognized during the game for Senior Night as being all-conference.
The third inning there was no scoring for either side, slowing the game, as anticipation built. The second inning was a little slow as the Buc’s snuck by with two runs, stomping out FHC’s none. The first inning went the opposite, as the lady rangers scored three runs and the Buc’s zero.
“We just kept hitting so well,” sophomore Roxy Partak said. She had scored two runs, and stolen second and third base several times. The Buc’s viewed her not only as an offensive threat, but defensive as well, passing the ball to home getting many of the Buc’s out.
Partak was not the only star player of the game, Harris and Schole had stepped up to the plate as well, all three scoring half of the teams points.
“I’m so proud of these guys,” assistant coach of 16 years, Laura Styles said. “They’ve worked hard all year, during practice and games. It paid off.”