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Archers Rally for Doubleheader Split on Sophomore Day

April 23, 2013

Maggie Wright  
Maggie Wright drove home the winning run in the
bottom of the seventh inning with a bases-loaded
single to lift the Archers to a come-from-behind 4-3 vic-
tory over Mineral Area College to gain a split in
the April 22 doubleheader.

Maggie Wright has made a habit of coming through at the most opportune times for St. Louis Community College’s softball team.

The freshman outfielder from Lindbergh High School brandished her clutch credentials again on Monday (April 22) , driving a bases-loaded single to center field with one out in the bottom of the seventh, sending the
Archers to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Mineral Area College on Sophomore Day.

“I was expecting them to pitch me outside, and that’s what it was,” Wright said. “It was a pitch slightly outside and I just went with it.”

The win helped erase the memory of a 7-6 loss in the opening game that was littered with offensive opportunities gone unfulfilled for the Archers. It also prevented a late defensive lapse from sullying a dominant pitching performance from freshman right-hander Nicole Willie (Oakville). Willie held Mineral Area scoreless until the sixth, and kept the game tied before a throwing error by third baseman Taylor Moiser (Affton) led to two Cardinals runs in the top of the seventh.

Wright’s teammates pieced together the game-winning rally on two hits, a walk and an error on a one-hop smash to third by sophomore slugger Tory Ellis (Fox), setting the stage for Wright’s clinching hit.

“It always makes me happy to see my team come back and win a game,” Wright said. “Our last game, we were down 6-2 and came back to win 11-6. It’s always a joy to come back and win it.”

With the win, Willie improved to 5-5 on the season, and collected her 15th complete game in 16 starts.

Archers head coach Glen Ellis was particularly encouraged to see his team be able to bounce back from the one-run loss in the first game and improve its plate approach in a similar situation in game two.

“It’s all about timely hitting,” Glen Ellis said. “That first game, we had some chances, but Maggie had been hitting the ball hard all day long and had some tough luck, but it was just her turn.”

The win positions the Archers well as they rapidly approach the Region XVI Tournament, which begins on Friday.