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Forest Area Softball Scores Seven With Two Outs in Seventh to Stun Redbank Valley

Emily Aites (left) and Jessica Wagner (right) with their home run balls after Forest Area beat Redbank Valley, 18-17, Tuesday. Submitted photo

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Forest Area exploded for seven runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to erase a two-run deficit and then held on to beat Redbank Valley, 18-17.

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The Lady Fires trailed, 13-11, going to the seventh and had two outs and a runner on first following a flyout by Maddie McFarland.

Emily Aites, though, kept the game alive with a double putting runners on second and third, and Jessica Wagner walked loading the bases for Nicole Meyers, who singled on a pop-up that was just out of the reach of pitcher Brooke Holben making it 13-12.

Brenna Thompson then gave Forest Area the lead with a two-run single to right field before Kaleigh Capelle added an RBI single to make it 15-13 before a two-run double and an RBI single made it 18-13.

Redbank Valley fought back with Brooke Holben’s one-out groundout making it 18-14.

Savanna Boyer then singled home a run to make it 18-15 before Sam Evans got the Lady Bulldogs within a run with a two-run double. But Meyers got Trista Bowser to pop out to her to end the game.

The Lady Fires trailed 10-5 going to the sixth but scored six runs with Emily Aites’ three-run home run and Chaise Siegel’s two-run double being the big hits. Aites dinger got Forest Area back within one, and Siegel’s double gave the Lady Fires the lead.

But a Trinity Weckerly double tied the contest at 11, and a double by Boyer gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead back before an Evans’ RBI single made it 13-11.

In all, the game featured 45 hits, 25 by Forest Area.

Wagner also hit a home run for the Lady Fires and was 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and two RBIs.

Aites added a double to her homer and went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and four RBIs, while Madison McFarland was also 4-for-6 with a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Capelle went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, Emma McFarland was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, Maggie Boehme was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Meyers was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, Thompson was 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs, and Siegel was 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.

Evans had a monster day at the plate for Redbank Valley going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, one run scored, and seven RBIs.

Weckerly was also 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs, and four runs scored with Boyer going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Teja Hageter chipped in by going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, Brynn Rearick was 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, and Nevada Boyer scored twice.

Meyers got the win. She gave up 17 runs, 11 earned, on 20 hits, two walks, and a hit batter while striking out one.

Holben took the loss allowing 18 runs, 15 earned, on 25 hits, three walks, and two hit batters while striking out five.

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