Jenna Crawford in the middle of offensive and defensive highlights as Farmingdale takes a wild one
During the final three at-bats of the game Tuesday, Farmingdale leftfielder Jenna Crawford went from the blooper reel to the highlight reel.
The defensive sequence was reflective of Farmingdale's 14-11 win over Baldwin in a Nassau Conference AA-II game that featured a wide range of the good, the bad and the lucky.
First, a blooper: With the Dalers (2-4) up four in the bottom of the seventh, Crawford and Lauren Hill converged on a deep fly ball hit by Carly Mertens. The ball bounced out of Hill's glove and took a lucky deflection to Crawford, who grabbed it for the catch.
Then an error: Liza Ueno drilled a ball to left that was misplayed by Crawford, who allowed it to carry over her head as one run scored and Baldwin kept its rally hopes alive.
Finally, the highlight: Jill Bellovin hit a liner down the leftfield line and Crawford charged in to make a diving, backhanded catch to end the game.
"It came down to who wanted it more today," said Crawford, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. "We deserved this game and we needed it. I knew I had to make that catch to end the game."
She ended a game that was a back-and-forth affair with some timely hits and plenty of errors. Susie Doscher drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh to score Crawford, giving Farmingdale an 11-10 lead. Kate Waszkiewicz, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, followed with a single up the middle to plate two more runs.
"In a game like this, you try to get on base any way you can," Waskiewicz said.
Hill went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, including an RBI single in the fifth for a 10-8 lead. Kerri Ossenfort singled, walked three times and scored three runs.
Jade Aponte went 3-for-4, including a leadoff home run down the leftfield line in the second to pull Baldwin (1-4) within 7-6. Bellovin led off the third with a homer to the gap in left-center to tie the score at 7.
Aponte took home on a throw-down to second to knot things up at 10 in the fifth.
That set the stage for Crawford, who was both lucky and good in the same inning.
"It started off as a circus act," Farmingdale coach Laura Malone said, "and ended with redemption."