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La Grange Park

Nazareth softball outlasts RB in high-scoring marathon

Roadrunners win 15-10 after trailing 7-2

LA GRANGE PARK – In a game that simply wouldn't finish, Nazareth had more offense to get a win against Riverside Brookfield on Thursday.

The Roadrunners took a 15-10 win in a game that was called due to darkness in the bottom of the seventh after the teams had been playing for more than two and a half hours.

Naz (3-3) scored first, but gave up five runs in the third and two more in the fourth to the visiting Bulldogs, which were the home team in the game. Originally scheduled to be played at RB's home at Veterans Park in North Riverside, the game was moved to Nazareth where the turf field could better handle the rain from earlier in the day.

RB (3-4) broke out with a five-run third inning and added two more in the fourth to lead 7-2 after four innings. Then Naz's offense had its share of big innings. The Roadrunners plated seven runs in the top of the fifth before recording an out and scored eight in the inning. After scoring five more in the sixth the lead was 15-7.

"In this early season we've had a big inning here and there so we want to work on not having those big innings," RB coach Doug Schultz said. "Getting the little things done so we can get our outs."

The Bulldogs rallied for three runs in the bottom half of the sixth and walked the bases loaded to start the seventh before the game was called due to darkness.

"We'll take a win," Naz coach Kristen Stojetz said. "We hit the ball today and even when we were down we didn't give up. We came back. We didn't hang our heads and even our outs early on were hard hit balls. I felt we came out swinging today, but obviously our pitching was not on today."
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