EAGLE MOUNTAIN — What goes around comes around, but it usually doesn’t happen in the following inning.
Rockwell’s softball team struggled to get out of the first inning. St. Joseph scored seven runs, and after the Jayhawks added four more runs in the second, it was their turn to watch Rockwell bat around.
Rockwell scored 11 runs in the second the, after falling behind in the top of the third, rallied to score 10 runs in the third and put the game away with six more in the bottom of the fifth to win 27-17 in five innings to complete a doubleheader sweep of St. Joseph. Rockwell won the first game 20-4 in five innings.
Ashlee DeBruin and Hannah Campbell each hit two home runs and Kaylee Berry hit one. Lyndsie Gifford reach base on all 10 of her plate appearances and got the win in both games.
The wins were crucial to Rockwood’s playoff hopes. The sweep improved the Marshalls’ record to 5-6 in 2A North. They finish the regular season at North Summit on Thursday in a game that could determine who gets the last playoff spot in 2A North.
“I think we have a good chance to qualify for state. We’ve come a long ways. We have a lot of seniors and picked up a new girl (Campbell) and she’s pitching lights out,” said Rockwell coach Troy Gifford. “We’ve just got to stop making the mistakes where we end up beating ourselves.”