Girard rallies for softball win over McDonald

GIRARD — Girard came from behind twice to post a 5-4 softball victory over McDonald on Saturday.

Starting pitcher senior Samantha Dohy went the distance for Girard (5-5). Dohy, who has been a first-team all-league selection the last two years, is relied on heavily by Indians coach Charlie Mazzella.

“When she’s in there, she’s staying in there the whole game,” Mazzella said. “She’s our number one. She’s a four-year starter. Samantha is an unbelievable player.”

McDonald’s Megan Ward led off the game with a double. Ward came around to score on a triple by Bri Callow, who started and went the distance on the mound for the Blue Devils (4-3). She held the Indians scoreless until the bottom of the third.

Callow had struck out four batters in a row before Sophie Griffith connected on a single. Griffith stole second and scored on an infield bloop hit by McKayla Durr to tie the game.

Dohy tossed a 1-2-3 top of the fourth before the Indians took the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Hanna Jones had a lead-off single and Tori Owens bunted her over to third. Kaitlyn Culver crushed a deep sacrifice fly to left, and the Indians were back on top, 2-1.

Allie Dean ripped a lead-off single down the third-base line to start the top of the fifth. Cailey Titus followed with an identical blast, but Dean was thrown out at third. Ward then powered a ball to deep center where it was dropped. Next, Lucy Wolford hit a ball two feet in front of the plate. It turned into a single that scored two runs after Girard committed multiple errors on the play. Callow drove in Wolford, and McDonald took a 4-2 lead.

Gianna DelGarbino and Sidney Durkin began the bottom of the fifth with a pair of singles. Griffith then nailed a triple in the alley to tie the game 4-4. She came around to score the winning run on a bunt.

“We got the win,” Mazzella said. ” We gritted it out, and overcame a couple of bad plays we had. The girls kept fighting, and finally pulled one out late. It seems like we’ve been on the other half of those lately.

“We’re extremely young. We have seven freshman on this team. Every game, we get a little older and a little better. This team is very talented. It has an unbelievable upside. We just need to put seven innings together. It seems like we always have that one bad inning that we have to overcome, putting ourselves in a bad spot.”

The Blue Devils get right back at it with a trip to Sebring on Monday.

“The girls hit well. They played well,” McDonald coach Michelle Titus said. “We had a couple of errors. If we could have done away with those, it could have been a little bit different.

“We have a nice team. We have a lot of girls that are really young. We only have one senior. Every time we step on the field, we’re going to compete.”