Veronica Grant stood 60 feet away from home plate and the winning run. With the game tied and Shirley Daniels at bat in the bottom of the 10th inning, Harvard pitcher Morgan Groom bounced a pitch in front of the plate. The ball got away from catcher Katherine Applebe. Grant bolted home, giving the Orange the walk-off win.“I was really anxious on third,” Grant said. “Coach (Leigh Ross) told me that if there was a passed ball to go for it. I saw it kick away and was able to get home.”After a game filled with missed opportunities by the Orange, the team could finally celebrate. To cap off the Duel at the Dome, the Orange (11-14) gutted a 5-4 extra-inning win over Harvard (5-12) despite its inconsistent play. After Lindsay Taylor led her team to a 6-2 win the day before, SU completed the sweep on Sunday. In a season plagued by inexperience, the Orange’s three veteran captains pushed the team to victory. Grant, Jasmine Watson and Morgan Nandin were responsible for the Orange’s final three runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We need the underclassmen to help out, but in the end, the upperclassmen need to show them the way,” Ross said. “They did a good job of that today, all of our captains contributed in some big way.”Throughout the game, the Orange’s offensive effort was lackluster. After scoring two runs in the first inning on a double steal and sacrifice fly by Corinne Ozanne, SU left the bases loaded in the second. Then, Harvard relief pitcher Gabrielle Ruiz retired eight straight hitters before being pulled for Saturday’s starter Morgan Groom.When Groom took the mound, Nandin embraced an opportunity for revenge. On Saturday, Nandin hit a hard line drive to second base and a ball to the fence, but was retired by Groom each time. Nandin used her third meeting with Groom on the weekend to boost a sputtering Orange offense. “I came so close to hitting a home run off of her on Saturday, and everyone was making fun of me, saying I needed to eat my Wheaties,” Nandin said. “I saw my pitch today and was able to hit a home run, and I don’t hit many of those. It was exciting.”Nandin’s homer in the bottom of the fifth gave the Orange a 3-1 lead, but the Crimson fought back. In the next half-inning, Adrienne Hume reached first on an infield single past pitcher Stacy Kuwick. Then, Jessica Ferri, who had been a tough out for Kuwick all game, hit a two-run home run to tie the game 3-3. After putting runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth, Syracuse again failed to plate any runs. With the game heading to extra innings, Ross sent freshman Lindsey Larkin to the mound. She had yet to pitch a full inning this season. After retiring the first six hitters she faced, Larkin yielded a home run to Harvard center fielder Zoe Galindo in the top of the ninth. The Orange looked deflated until Watson came up big in the bottom half of the inning. Despite struggling all afternoon, Watson hit a fly ball to left center that scored Mary Dombrowski and tied the game again at 4-4. Larkin had no problem retiring Harvard in the top of the 10th, setting up Grant to lead it off.She doubled to right center. A sacrifice bunt by designated hitter Riley Johnson advanced Grant to third. Two failed suicide squeeze attempts by Danielle Chitkowski and Dombrowski each sent her darting within 30 feet of victory before retreating back to third. But Groom’s passed ball let Grant slide into home, sealing the first win of Larkin’s career.“We always keep fighting,” Watson said. “We wanted to show the younger girls that we never give up in games, and I think they’ll follow our lead.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 25, 2013 at 12:58 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe United Way of Northeast Michigan is now accepting submissions for the 2019 funding year for non–profits and other organizations.If you are planning on filling out an application the maximum grant request is $5,000. Applications can be picked up at the United Way on the second level of the Alpena Aplex.Submissions are due by 4 pm on Wednesday, February 7th. For more information contact Germaine Stoppa at 989–354–2221. Make sure to check out our website at www.wbkb11.com to see more rules and guidelines.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious New set of sculptures to honor industries that make up Northeast MichiganNext MidMichigan Medical Center Offering a ‘Lunch and Learn’ Series
The Guyana Red Cross Society will be aiming to put smiles on the faces of many with a humanitarian village they will set up tomorrow at their Barrack Street, Eve Leary, Kingston address.‘Smile’ also happens to be this year’s theme for World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day which will be celebrated today.Secretary General of the Guyana Red Cross Society, Dorothy FraserHealth Officer of the Guyana Red Cross Society, Samesta Martin-Forde shared with the Department of Public Information (DPI) some of what the day will entail and the overall aim of the organisation.“the Guyana Red Cross will be having its humanitarian village, where we will display the different programmes that we offer. We will have the blood drive and a non-communicable disease aspect, also we will be helping people to understand that it takes time to have a healthy lifestyle. This is more than just teaching for us, it’s knowing that we’re equipping families with training that can further enhance their family’s lives and other people around them.”The organisers will also encourage persons to eat, exercise and have healthy practices overall. They will also address issues such as mental health, encourage persons to have a brighter outlook on life and build self-esteem. There will also be a first aid booth where persons can learn to give emergency care to family members, friends, and even strangers.With the intention to stick with the theme of ‘Smile’, Martin-Forde highlighted that “over the years, our programmes have brought lots of smiles, and that is what we seek to do; help persons to understand the importance of wearing a smile.”Secretary-General of the Guyana Red Cross Society, Dorothy Fraser also noted the effort of the organisation and is hoping persons be present tomorrow in observance of the day.“We have a number of activities all the time, so it’s really hard to focus on one thing specifically, but this year we’re going to do a series of things throughout the month. We do hope that people will come out not only to give blood but to look at the displays and ask questions on how to get involved in their communities and Red Cross in general, to really carry out a humanitarian spirit.”World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is also used to celebrate the Birthday of Red Cross founder, Henry Dunant. It also seeks to recognize the incredible contribution and achievements of the millions of volunteers and staff around the world who keep our commitment to humanity every day.The history of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been one of partnership. Both include individuals who are fueled by determination and passion to alleviate human suffering. The Guyana Red Cross Society encourages all to support the proceeding today.