The Terror softball team donned throwback pinstripe uniforms to honor Palmer’s softball program history and delivered a win to help celebrate the team senior’s final home game. The game started out badly for the Terrors as the Cougars jumped out quickly using eight errors to build a formidable 1-12 lead. Palmer turned that around, however, beginning with a brilliant defensive play by freshman Emma Popkin at 2nd base. She expertly fielded a sharp hit short hopper and threw the runner out at first igniting the Terror defense to stiffen. Leticia Velasco, playing shortstop, was the next Terror defender to show off her skills fielding three hard hit ground balls in a row and throwing razor sharp balls to first base.
With the new-found confidence on defense, the Terror bats exploded in the bottom of the 5th inning. Faced with the necessity of scoring at least two runs to stay alive, they responded starting with a triple from senior Katelyn Brossett, who after sliding into 3rd base stretching out a triple got up and declared, “There was no way I was going to stop at second on this night!” Ashley Webster and Mariah Parker followed each with singles and then Shelby Pick smacked a hard infield grounder, fooling Coronado’s shortstop to attempt to throw out Webster at third, whose speed beat the throw. Nia Erbaugh followed with the first of two singles during the inning. Palmer ended up scoring 10 runs, pulling the score to within one.
Palmer’s defense held the Cougars to three up, three down in the top of the 6th and followed up in the bottom with a two out single by Velasco, another triple by Brossett, a double by Webster, and a two run single by senior Shelby Pick, making the score 15-12 Palmer. Coronado made the top of the 7th a little precarious by starting a rally, but the Terrors held strong and only allowed one run, sealing a victory with a Brossett to Erbaugh play for the third out. After the game, the seniors celebrated their decision to wear the throwback uniforms and declared a new tradition has been born.