Walk-off homerun wins it for the Beavers


Trevor Ries

Senior Emma Brockman at bat.

Entering the second half of the Metro League season, Beaverton’s softball team faced Liberty once again. Inclement weather moved the game to Sunset High School’s turf field where both teams were prepared to play rain or shine.

Previously, Beaverton and Liberty engaged a nail-biting extra-inning game at Liberty that ended in a close score of  8-7, Beavers. This time it was Beaverton’s home game, giving Liberty the bat first. The Falcons were charged with aggressive energy as the first batter ripped a line drive for a double out to center field. They scored in the first inning, giving them the advantage early in the game.

The Beavers came out slow in their first round of at bats. They went in anticipating to hit against Liberty’s starter pitcher, who pitched in their first game against each other. The Beavers were a little off-balance due to this, resulting in the first batters grounding out and popping up.

In their following at-bats, the Beavers picked up the pace. Focusing on “their pitch” and protecting the plate from the umpire’s large strike zone, the Beaverton batters hit solid shots. However, their efforts were just short of getting baserunners and potential scorers as Liberty’s defense kept the ball in the infield to get outs.

“Our hits weren’t necessarily landing as a whole,” said senior Emma Brockmann. “We were hitting great shots and hard ground balls but they weren’t always finding holes in their defense.”

The fourth inning was hot for the Beavers as they got the bases loaded and scored two runs off of walks and one more from a base hit by sophomore Angelina Baseleon. The Beavers were up 3-2.

The Falcons were able to tie it up and by the seventh, it was a familiar scene: Tied in the last inning, potential extra innings to come. Junior Cierra Speck pitched a phenomenal game, her offspeed dominating Liberty’s batters. She struck out their first three batters twice and shut them down in the 6th and 7th.

At the bottom of the 7th, the score was 3-3. The first batter was Beaverton junior Marisa Arneson, who came off of the bench pinch-hit. She solidly fouled off the first pitch only to make contact with the second one and drive it opposite field and over the fence for a walk-off home run to end the game.

“I was nervous because it was my only chance to be in the game, and I was just hoping to make contact with the ball to get on base,” Arneson said. “I was telling myself to relax, focus on what I’ve worked on in practice with coaches, and just have fun. I was happy we had won and could contribute to our team’s success.”

Beaverton is now up 12-4 with their 4-3 win over Liberty.