VSLL 8-10 softball team’s rally falls short in district title game
Lyndsey Daly (left) makes it safely into third base for one of her four steals for the Viera-Suntree Little League during Friday's 8-10 softball District 2 championship game against Beachside Little League, The VSLL trailed by five runs going into the bottom of the sixth, and scored three times before losing 14-12.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Sometimes, the dramatic ending doesn’t go in your favor.
That was the case for the Viera-Suntree Little League 8-10 softball team Friday night in the District 2 championship game at Rodes Park.
Trailing 14-9 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the VSLL scored three times to cut the lead to two and had the bases loaded with two outs.
But after a tough battle between pitcher and batter, a ground ball ended the game and it was the Beachside Little League that celebrated a 14-12 victory and the district title.
“It’s always disappointing when you come away from working so hard these past couple of weeks … everybody gets one step closer, one step closer and all of a sudden, it comes down to two runs,” VSLL manager Dan Jordan said.
“My hat’s off to the Beachside team. They’re a wonderfully-coached team. I was happy to be competitive with them the whole entire time. It’s been a fun ride. We’re going to hopefully try to keep that ride going.”
After losing to Beachside earlier in the double-elimination tournament, the VSLL won 13-4 on Thursday to force Friday’s championship-deciding game.
And it looked good for the VSLL early on as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to some aggressive base running and a two-run home run by Sienna Adams.
However, back came Beachside with five runs in the top of the third and the game went back and forth.
With the score tied 9-9, Beachside was able to get a run and then broke the game open in the top of a wild sixth inning that saw the teams have to take a nearly hour-long break because there were no lights on the field.
Beachside had scored twice and was leading 12-9 when the umpires made the decision to suspend the game because it was too dark.
The game was moved to an adjacent field that actually had lights, but play was delayed for nearly an hour to get that field ready.
Once play resumed, Beachside scored two more runs to make it a 14-9 game going into the bottom of the sixth, where the VSLL’s rally came up short.
Isabella Kapatoes threw four innings for the VSLL, giving up nine runs on six hits while striking out six. Lydia Dexter came on in relief to throw the final two innings.
Adams had two hits to lead the offense. Lindsey Daly had four of her team’s 13 stolen bases.
A day earlier, when the VSLL defeated Beachside 13-4, it was Kaitlyn Peedin who helped lead the way with two hits and three stolen bases.
While the VSLL did not get the district championship they were hoping for, Jordan believes there is still plenty of talent to build on for the future.
“There’s a couple of girls on this team that we’re expecting a whole bunch out of,” he said. “Riley Ravenscroft and Arianna Vega are two fabulous players who are going to be doing a whole bunch for Viera. And Jessalyn Jordan, too. She’ll be back. All of those girls will be back.
“Some of our heavy hitters, Sienna Adams and Kaitlyn Peedin, will be moving up because of their ages. We’re looking forward to continue as much as we can.”
In other games Friday …
It was a tough night for the VSLL.
The 8-10 Gold baseball team lost to West Melbourne 7-4. West Melbourne is the district champion.
Eau Gallie, meanwhile, took the Senior baseball district championship, beating the VSLL to win the best-of-five series 3-1.
Eau Gallie also beat the VSLL in 9-11 baseball by a score of 10-3 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.
Two more divisions begin district play today with Majors Baseball and Softball set to begin tournament action.
Note: Photos from the 8-10 VSLL softball game taken for the Viera Voice will be posted on Twitter at @CKotala at a later date.