Annie Gold pitched the Randolph Raiders junior varsity softball team into the championship game of DAR’s tournament in the team’s first weekend of action in 2016.
Gold, with only a few innings of JV or varsity pitching experience on her resume, was in the circle as the Raiders came out of pool play as the fifth seed among six teams and advanced to the final with two wins.
Gold had hitting and fielding support during 10-3 and 9-8 wins over host DAR and top-seeded Douglas to start Saturday.
The Raiders fell in the final 15-5 to Brindlee Mountain in a game that saw seventh-grader Aubrie Lisenby clout a two-run home run, the team’s first of the season.
On Friday, Randolph rallied from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Asbury 7-6 and fell 5-3 to DAR. Gold picked up the win in relief against Asbury.
- Lisenby’s two-run shot in the final, a rocket shot pulled over the left-field fence. Prior to her blast, fellow seventh-grader Eliana Horowitz broke up a perfect game with an infield single and then never stopped running until she scored to break up the shutout as the Lions threw the ball wildly at each base.
Second baseman Emma Gold, another seventh-grader and Annie’s younger sister, had a two-RBI hit as she hit the ball hard consistently for two days.
- Third baseman Xiara Banks’ clutch catch of a low line drive just above the dirt and following throw to tag out a runner for a double play at home led to the one-run, extra-inning win over Douglas.
- The Raiders started Saturday with the win over DAR keyed by shortstop Rachel Belenfant’s two hits and four RBIS and two RBIs from Emma Gold.
- In the semifinal win over Douglas, Lisenby and Emma Gold had two hits and Emma Nordeman and Lisenby both had two RBIs.
- Friday, Virginia Wilson had a run-scoring hit in the loss to DAR and Nordeman powered the win over Asbury with two hits and four RBIs.
Article by Coach Easterling