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Take 2-1 lead in Women’s League title series
By JAMES A. McCRAY III
Ask Somerville Insurance softball manager Linda Somerville what she wants from her team and it’s a simple answer, “I want seven innings,” she says.
Fitting that her request was granted on Wednesday night at Back Road Inn Field in Compton in Game 3 of the Women’s League championship series versus Mix It Up as her team used all seven innings to battle back from a six-run deficit, earn a 9-8 win and take a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five series.
Tied at 8 in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, a single and an intentional walk put Somerville’s Angeletta King on second base.
A groundball off of the bat of Anita Nelson then turned into a throwing error, which allowed King to cross the plate for the game’s winning run.
“Well, I was determined,” King said of scoring. “When I got on, I knew I was scoring and I wasn’t thinking about anything but home plate.”
King was responsible for Somerville’s first run of the game, a inside-the-park solo home run in the game’s opening inning and she also had a double and an RBI sacrifice fly in the contest. However, King’s run stood as the only run for Somerville while it was down 7-1 after only two innings of play.
“We just had to stay in it without getting down on ourselves,” King said of being behind. “We had some errors and things like that, that can bring you down.”
After two scoreless innings in the second and third, Somerville began to chop the lead down.
King’s RBI flyout and an RBI single from Nelson cut the deficit to 7-3 after four innings.
An RBI double from Trena Mainor and a two-RBI single from Marnie Stearns cut it to 8-6 after five and the comeback was completed in the sixth inning after an RBI single from Dana Stauffer made the contest 8-7 and Devon Yates tied it at 8 with an RBI single.
“Heart,” Yates answered on what it took to come from behind. “We are a team. We win as a team, we lose as a team, but we don’t give up. You’ve got to be able to dig deep when you need a game. If it’s the first or seventh inning, it doesn’t matter; you have to play seven innings.”
Somerville, while happy with her team’s bats, was more impressed with her team’s ability to keep Mix It Up off of the scoreboard after the first two innings minus a home run from the opposition. She said that was what allowed her team to get back into the game and eventually win.
“Seven innings of ball is all I have ever asked them for,” Somerville said. “We come here and play seven innings of ball and after seven innings, I’m done. Seven innings is what I ask for and they gave me seven innings tonight. Had it went extra innings, it would have, but they gave me seven innings.”
Somerville is one win away from the league championship and will attempt to earn that in Game 4, scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Knight Life Field.
Game 5, if necessary, would be played at 6 p.m. Monday at Back Road Inn.
“Now, we’re in killer mode and we have to get it done now,” King said. “It’s not time to sit back, relax and chill because we don’t want to go to a Game 5 with them. We have to end it.”
Somerville added on Game 4, “This is a big win because the Mix It Up team is a very good ballclub. All I want them to do is come out and play hard. I want them to come out Sunday and play seven innings. … We come out Sunday, we have to go get them because we don’t want to see a game five.”
Joselynn Stewart led Mix It Up with two RBIs, including a RBI groundout in the first and an inside-the-park solo home run in the fifth.
Sonia Johnson also knocked in two RBIs for Mix It Up with her two-RBI single in the second.
Somerville 9, Mix It Up 8
Mix It Up 340 010 0 8 8 2
Somerville 100 241 1 9 12 3
WP Digulimio, LP Shields
Extra-base hits: 2B Yates (MIU), Shields (MIU), Stewart (MIU), Mainor (S), King (S); HR King (S), Stewart (MIU)