By Rob Potter
LIVINGSTON MANOR May 03, 2005 The Livingston Manor Lady Wildcats picked up a non-league softball victory on Thursday afternoon in a shortened game.
A hail storm ended the contest between the Lady Wildcats and visiting Downsville in the bottom of the fifth inning. Manor was ahead 8-6 at the time and since each team already had its required five innings at-bat, the umpires called the game on account of the bad weather.
Manor improved to 3-4 with the victory over Downsville, a Section IV Class D team.
The Lady Wildcats grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Megan Ellisons RBI single and a couple of errors by the Lady Eagles allowed Manor to take the early advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, Manor added to its lead. Ellison stroked another RBI single and the Lady Wildcats took advantage of another Downsville error to score two runs in the frame for a 5-0 lead.
Downsville turned the tables in the top of the fifth, however. Three Manor errors and an RBI single by Linne Mattson helped the Lady Eagles take a 6-5 lead.
But in the bottom of fifth, Manor responded with three runs. Colleen Casey tied the game at 6-6 when she scored on a single by Nicole Miller.
Miller crossed home plate with what would be the game-winning run on an RBI single by Carrie Lewis. Later in the inning, Lewis scored to give Manor a two-run advantage.
A few moments later, with two outs recorded, the umpires ended the game in the midst of the hail storm.
Mattson finished 1-for-3 with the aforementioned RBI, while teammate Brittany Deno was 1-for-3 with a single.
For Manor, Megan Ellison was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Dayna Manell was 2-for-3 with two singles and Kate Ellison went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.
Manell was also the winning pitcher for Manor. She allowed only three hits and walked two batters.
She did a great job, Manor Coach Gail Denman said of Manell.
Denman also praised her entire squad.
They came up with some timely hits today, she said. We are starting to make some good plays. I think the players are coming together and playing pretty well.