The Thunderbirds got off to what has become a traditional fast start going up 2-0 in the first inning of their March first game with the Glendale Community College Gauchos in Mesa.The runs were scored by Mesa outfielder Carissa Reisinger and third baseman Jamie Pollak, and would be it for the T-Birds offense for a good portion of the game.
In the fourth inning Angela Arredondo hit a n RBI single.
With the game seemingly in hand, the gauchos struck back with a three run top of the fifth inning, including an impressive two run home run hit over the center field wall by Gauchos catcher Tia Murphy.
With the game still tied in the seventh Murphy once again flashed some bat and drove a double into left center but Frampton thwarted the effort and pitched her way out of a pressure filled top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh the T-Birds saw the bottom of its batting order step up starting with a no out left field single by Amber Price. Christina Smith was sent to pinch run for Price, who started small by stealing second, before tagging up to third off a sacrifice fly.
With Smith on third, the Lady T-Birds number nine hitter Sylia Honne took the batter’s box. She fouled away a great deal of pitches before blasting one into left center field to bring Smith home and win the game with a walk off single.
“It feels pretty good”, said Honne of her game winning performance, and that she was very excited to have been the game winner.
Mesa Head coach Jon Malgradi was not surprised at all by the surge coming from the bottom of his order saying, ” at certain times you have to execute, and (any player on the team) can get it done at anytime.”
The T-birds beat the Gauchos again in the second game of the doubleheader 7-3.