JACKSON TWP — Knoch’s defense had been flawless through six innings of Tuesday’s non-section softball game against Seneca Valley.
The seventh frame, however, was a different story.
Two miscues by the Knights helped the Raiders score the tying run before Olivia Madey’s base hit with one out plated Madison Hans with the deciding run in a 5-4 victory at Raider Field.
Trouble began early in the inning for the Knights as Morgan Aloi led off with a single — her third hit of the game — and ended up at third base after the ball was misplayed in the outfield.
Madison Hans put down a bunt, but the Knights tried to get Aloi in a rundown between third base and home and did not get an out.
Mandy Magill reached on another error that allowed Aloi to score and Kearson Wagner was intentionally walked to load the bases. That brought Madey to the plate. Her hit was SV’s seventh hit in the final three innings.
The Raiders had three hits through the first four frames.
“I think we started to get more selective with the pitches we were swinging at,” said Madey. “We became more confident later in the game.”
Madey is SV’s No. 5 hitter. Her 2-for-4 day against Knoch continued a trend noticed by Seneca Valley coach George Trew.
“I think she’s seeing the ball a lot better,” he said. “She has really come on in the second half of the season.”
Knoch (11-5) had a chance to have a big inning early on, tallying three hits in the first inning against SV starter Claire Zimmerman. But the only run the junior allowed in the frame came when Erin Luffy doubled home Monica Gourley.
Wagner relieved Zimmerman at the start of the fifth frame — a move that was planned before the game — and surrendered a 3-run home run to Celia Knappenberger.
The Raiders (11-5) did not let the Knights enjoy their 4-0 lead for long. In the bottom of the fifth, Aloi’s 2-run triple was followed by a wild pitch that allowed her to score to cut the deficit to 4-3.