Sarabia's 4 RBI help Taconic softball hold off Wahconah
DALTON -- Anna Sarabia has waited for a win like this.
The Taconic first baseman drove in four runs, including an insurance RBI double in the sixth inning, as the Braves won 8-6 at Wahconah on Thursday night.
"This is absolutely huge for us," Sarabia said of the win at Pine Grove Park. "Last year, we did not do well at all. This is just so big for us."
The Braves (3-4, 2-2) got to the .500 mark in the North with the win, and dropped Wahconah (5-4, 3-4) below .500 in the division.
The Warriors, however, did not go quietly in the seventh. Allie Borowsky and Juli McBain both reached on errors to start the inning, and Jamie Downer bunted them both into scoring position to give the top of the Warrior order a chance to do damage against Taconic pitcher Carly Decker.
But Decker shut Wahconah down from there, getting Emily Jordan to pop out to second and inducing a Bree Herforth popout to third to end the game.
"Carly definitely did amazing," Sarabia said. "She pulled through for us big-time."
Decker fell behind 3-1 after an inning, but the Braves' offense gave her a lead she wouldn't relinquish in the top of the second. Taconic scored five runs on four hits against Borowsky in that frame, including two-run singles from Sarabia and Ciara Corl.
The Braves held off the pesky Warriors with single runs in the fifth and sixth, while Wahconah scored once in the bottom of the second and twice in the fifth. Four Braves -- Sarabia, Corl, Megan Boyle and Amanda Ely -- had multiple hits, with Ely driving in a run with a second-inning single to left.
"She [Borowsky] throws first-pitch strikes a lot, so I was going for those," Sarabia said. "I was just keeping my head in there as much as I could."
Decker struck out seven Warriors in the win.
For Wahconah, Jordan tripled in a run in the second inning. Bridget Lussier also tripled in the fifth, going 2 for 3 and scoring twice. McBain drove in a run in the fifth.
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