PHOENIXVILLE – The Spring-Ford Rams continued along their unbeaten streak last Friday afternoon against the Phoenixville Phantoms, but the game was a close one from beginning to end and wasn't decided until the final inning.
The Rams ultimately won by a final of 2-1 off of a double play and basehits from Bri Kofer and Cassie Alexy in the top of the seventh.
'We knew it was going to be tight,' said Spring-Ford head coach Tim Hughes. 'We knew we were going to be in for a nail-biter.'
And a tight game it was. The Rams got off to an early start with leadoff hitter Alexy reaching base in her first at-bat. She was brought in a short time later thanks to a basehit from Jess Nattle.
The Phantoms stayed right with the Rams, however, thanks in part to pitcher Rachel Boone, who went the second inning with two strikeouts and forced the Rams to go three-and-out in the third.
Phoenixville head coach Joe Bogus credited the play of his team to keeping them calm throughout the game.
'I told them to relax and have fun,' Bogus said. 'They're the team that has pressure on them. They're in first place.'
The Rams applied most of the pressure in the bottom of the fourth.
While on first base, Phoenixville's Gianna Bliss stole second and set up her chance to run home when Courtney Panepinto hit a double. Spring-Ford pitcher Haleigh Williams walked the next batter to put runners at first and second, but was able to strike out the next batter to escape the inning without allowing any more runs.
'It's a game of inches,' Bogus said. 'The ball's got to be here, got to be there and if you don't put it in the right spot, they make a play.'
The game remained tied at 1 until the final inning. With players on second and third, Alexy's base hit brought in the game-winning run.
Williams and the Rams forced the Phantoms to go three-and-out in the bottom of the inning to seal the win and improve their record to 9-0 on the season.
'The undefeated record is really nothing,' Hughes said. 'We had a couple tight games that could have went either way. If we were 0-9 or 9-0, it wouldn't have made a difference. They're going to play their game.'