After tied score, Big League East explodes over early Asia-Pacific lead

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark :  Asia-Pacific’s Roxelle Pearl Niloban heads for homeplate as East’s catcher awaits the ball.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Asia-Pacific’s Roxelle Pearl Niloban heads for homeplate as East’s catcher awaits the ball.At first, scoring crawled by in the Big League Softball World Series showdown between USA East (Milford, Del.) and Asia-Pacific (Manilla, Philippines) on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

By the sixth inning, the score was tied at 3-3. But the East turned around and skyrocketed to 10-3 in the seventh.

Bases were loaded when Emily Messick swung for the fence, and two girls booked it home. Haylee Scruggs also earned two RBIs on her single.

But Asia-Pacific was speedy, in fielding and in running, and they learned from their mistakes. In the fifth, East runners at first and third were trying to run. While trying to catch the first runner, Asia-Pacific was too late tagging another girl out at home. Meanwhile, the first runner slipped behind the pitcher and earned second.

But when East tried it again on the next runner, Asia-Pacific succeeded, tagging the runners out at home and at third.

AP’s third batter of the day, Arianne Vallestrero hit a clean homer outside centerfield, pulling an RBI to start a 2-0 lead. Lovely Dyan Arago’s RBI in the second increased that to 3-0.

But East was ready to go a bit later, with RBIs by Brittany Brown and Harley Rickards in the fourth, Shaina Reed in the fifth and Rickards in the final, closing the game at 10-3.

Reed also led the game in strikeouts, pitching 10 total.