The pleasant afternoon sun was creeping toward the horizon, approaching the angle that threatened to blind anyone watching from the outfield. The softball had crossed home plate countless times, but the scoreboard remained empty.
It was the bottom of the sixth with two outs and bases loaded when senior pitcher Rita Kim stepped up to bat. She blasted a clean line drive to the outfield, clearing the way for her teammate, freshman catcher Madison Hernandez, to touch home plate and break the 0-0 tie.
Unfortunately, the Lancers were quick to answer this score. They opened the seventh inning with a solid triple that evaded senior center fielder Angie Sprague’s outstretched glove by inches. This was followed by a strike out and then a sacrifice fly ball scoring the Lancer player.
The Cougars managed to get someone on base at the top of the 7th only to have the next three batters fail to get the runner in.
Securing their lead, Cal Baptist managed to put two more on the board at the top of the eight. APU failed to score any more runs in the extended eight inning game.
Lancers win the opener, 3-1.
The second game of the double header started with a little more action, both teams scoring one run in the first inning.
For the following three innings, neither team could break the tie. At the top of the fifth, the Lancers managed to put one final run on the board, sealing their victory as no other runs were scored in the game.
The Cougar’s were able to extract some minor revenge on Saturday when facing Cal Baptist away in Riverside, taking one game of the day’s double header.
APU is now 21-18 on the season and heads to St. George, Utah to take on Dixie State this upcoming weekend.