The Barrington Softball team lost its first league game of the season Wednesday afternoon, falling to the Bay View Academy Bengals 15-3.
The Eagles could not muster up enough offense to combat Lexi Santurri, the impressive Bengals pitcher who hurled four scoreless innings before Barrington broke the shutout in the fifth.
“Our starting pitcher is down with a shoulder injury, and we were down our starting shortstop as well, but we should have still been more aggressive on defense,” said Barrington head coach Sandy Gorham. “[Bay View] did a good job of scoring today, especially with two outs.”
Bay View started off the game with two quick runs in the first inning, but junior pitcher Rebecca Egge settled down and shut out the Bengals over the next two innings. After Santurri struck out the side in the second, the Eagles threatened in the bottom of the third, loading the bases when junior Kylie Beaulieu doubled, senior Heidi Herchen singled, and sophomore Harper Berriman was hit by a pitch, but Barrington failed to put a run on the board.
Bay View opened up the game in the top of the fourth, as the Bengals managed five hits and one walk off Egge to take a 7-0 lead. Egge singled to open the bottom of the inning, but Barrington failed to score again, leaving two runners on after junior Hazel Martin walked to move Egge up to second base.
The fifth inning would see the Bengals score eight more times to put the game out of reach, with six hits, one walk, and two errors by Barrington to give Bay View a 15-0 lead.
The Eagles’ offensive would finally cause a stir in the bottom of the fifth, as Beaulieu singled up the middle to start off the inning, and a mammoth home run to left field by Herchen brought Beaulieu home to get Barrington on the scoreboard. The Eagles struck again two batters later, when senior Margaret Lico blasted another shot to left, turning it into an inside the park home run after beating the throw home. The game was called after five innings.
“Getting two home runs in one inning basically never happens,” said Gorham. “This was the first home run for each of these seniors.”
“This was our first league game, so there were some nerves out there, but we just weren’t aggressive enough,” he said. “Every Division I game is tough, but I still liked the way we competed out there, especially at the end.”
The loss drops Barrington to 0-1 on the season, while Bay View improves to 1-0. The Eagles next game is Saturday, April 6, at Mount St. Charles Academy. Bay View next plays Monday, April 8, when they host Coventry.