VONDE SAUNDERS is flat on her stomach celebrating after she scored on a passed ball to give Kennett a 5-4 win in the Division II semifinals on Wednesday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 06, 2012MANCHESTER — Just like the rain sitting inside the dark clouds lurking around the campus of Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday evening, the dominating Kennett softball offense was bottled up for most of the Eagles' semifinal tilt with Con-Val.
However, just as the clouds started to empty, the Eagles came alive and it was just in the nick of time, as Kennett scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 win over the Cougars and advance to the Division II title game on Saturday. The Eagles opponent in that game is yet to be determined, as the second semifinal game of the day between Souhegan and Portsmouth was postponed by rain and will be played Thursday.
With one out and the Eagles trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Faye Roberts and Lauren White came through with base hits. Jordyn Moore grounded to shortstop, but Roberts scampered home to cut the lead to 4-3. Vonde Saunders then lined a shot down the first base line that went under the glove of the Con-Val first baseman, allowing White to score the tying run. Sam Janos followed with a base hit to move Saunders to third and with Gwynn McGinley at the plate, a pitch got away from the Con-Val catcher and Saunders broke for home, sliding in just under the tag of the Cougar pitcher, setting off a celebration at the plate as the Eagles jumped on their teammate.
"I told Vonde at third, any type of passed ball, she was going," coach Peter Ames said. "She got in there to win. We'll take it."
Shelby Hill went the distance in the pitcher's circle for the Eagles, keeping her team in the game and picking up her second win of the playoffs.
The Division II finals are set for 4:30 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday, June 9.