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Rob Potter | Democrat

After scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s Section IX Class B quarterfinal game versus Onteora, Sullivan West’s Amanda Rosenberger celebrated by jumping into the arms of teammate Jackie Parsons (55). Waiting to congratulate Rosenberger is SW’s Amanda Goddard (2).

SW edges Onteora, 4-3, in Class B quarterfinal

By Rob Potter
JEFFERSONVILLE — June 4, 2010 — The Sullivan West Lady Bulldogs earned a victory on Wednesday afternoon in the Section IX Class B softball tournament in dramatic fashion.
Amanda Rosenberger scored on a single by Katerina Gaebel in the bottom of the eighth inning to give host SW a 4-3 win over the Onteora Lady Indians at Lauren Hughson Field at the SW Jeffersonville campus.
With the win, No. 3 seed SW (11-8) advanced to face No. 2 seed Highland in the semifinals. That game was scheduled to be played yesterday in Highland.
Onteora ended its season with a record of 4-12.
Rosenberger led off the bottom of the eighth for the Lady Bulldogs and drew a walk from Lady Indians’ pitcher Kaitlynn Murphy. Rosenberger moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Angela DiSanto and advanced to third base on a wild pitch.
Gaebel then hit the ball into right field to bring Rosenberger in with the game-winning run. In her excitement, Gaebel didn’t stop at first base and kept running to second base and then to third base. Once at third, SW Coach Mike Ellmauer told Gaebel she could stop running as the game was over.
“This comeback win is a characteristic of this team,” Ellmauer said. “We have 11 wins this season and we have come back to win eight out of those 11.”
The Lady Bulldogs had the lead twice in Wednesday’s game, but Onteora twice rallied to even the score.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Jackie Parsons hit a bloop single to right-center field. Amber Cookingham then ripped a triple to deep left field. Parsons scored easily on the hit, but Cookingham was tagged out at home plate by Onteora catcher Shannon Smith after a fine relay from left fielder Christina Tinti to third baseman Adrianna Kight to Smith.
The Lady Indians tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. Murphy reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored on a double by Smith.
SW answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gaebel beat out an infield grounder and moved to third base as the next two batters were thrown out at first base. Hannah Schwatz belted a double to left field to allow Gaebel to cross home plate.
Parsons then slammed a double just inside the right field line to bring Schwatz around to score, which gave the Lady Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage.
But Onteora knotted the score at 3-3 in the top of the fifth. Rene Giuditta reached base on an error and later scored on a wild pitch. Kight scored the tying run on a bloop single by Smith.
“Both teams played well today,” Onteora Coach Doris Thomas said. “They played with a lot of heart out there.
“Our players were nervous in the first couple of innings,” she added. “They started to play better later in the game.”
Parsons led the SW offense by going 3-for-3.
Autumn Ackermann, who was the starting pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs, had six strikeouts. Schwatz, who relieved Ackermann in the top of the fifth and earned the victory, registered three strikeouts.
Ackermann and Schwatz limited the Lady Indians to three hits.
“Autumn pitched great and Hannah pitched great,” Ellmauer said. “They have different styles and they have worked well for us this season.”
The veteran coach was looking forward to facing Highland in the semifinals.
“Highland is a great team and has a lot of weapons, but our players have a boatload of heart,” Ellmauer said.

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