BROCKWAY — It’s been said that familiarity breeds contempt.
The Brockway High School softball team certainly made a case for that as they rallied from a slow start to pick up a 6-5 victory over Curwensville on a run-scoring single by Morgan Uhl in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday.
The Lady Rovers (3-5) were handcuffed by Curwensville pitcher Rachel LeGars through the first three innings, managing just two hits, while not moving a runner past second until finally breaking through in the fourth.
By that time, the Lady Golden Tide had pushed themselves to a relatively comfortable 4-0 lead.
However, Brockway touched up LeGars for a run on two hits in the bottom of the fourth and never stopped hitting after that as they picked up five more runs on nine hits the rest of the way before finally capping the game with Uhl’s game-winning single in the seventh.
“Once we got through the lineup a time or two, I think the girls started timing things a little better and started to hit the ball a lot harder,” Brockway head coach Tom Buzzard said. “When we started hitting the ball harder, they started to fall in for hits and we started to chip away.”
Nine of Brockway’s 14 hits in the game came from its Nos. 3-6 batters in the lineup with Alayna Dowdall leading the way with three singles and a pair of RBIs. Kayla Dowdall, Anndi Bartlett and Uhl each finished with two hits each. Savannah Terwilliger also doubled for Brockway’s lone extra-base hit.
All but one of the Brockway starters finished with at least one hit.
Curwensville had plenty of success at the plate early in the game as it turned four hits two walks and a couple of miscues into four runs.
Bailey Bloom and Camryn Richards each had two hits for the Lady Tide in the game with one of Richards’ going for a double.
But, Brockway’s Kayla Dowdall started to get a little stronger on the mound as the game wore on.
Dowdall, who walked two and struck out three in the complete-game victory, had just one real mishap in the game after the fourth.
That came on Richards’ double with two outs in the top of the seventh which ultimately tied the game.
Just minutes after making that throw, Uhl’s day got even brighter as she drove in Kayla Dowdall with the game-winning run.
Still, it was Curwensville that had everything going its way early.
An error, a single and a couple of wild pitches by Dowdall in the top of the second brought home a couple of runs a spotted the Lady Tide to a 2-0 lead.
They grabbed another in the third as Bloom singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Richards to make it 3-0.
A dropped third strike then came back to haunt the Lady Rovers in the fourth as Curwensville’s Anne Hoover reached on the play and eventually scored to make it 4-0.
Brockway started to climb back into the game after that as it picked up its first run on an RBI single by Alayna Dowdall in the fourth.
Terwilliger got things going in the fifth when she rapped leadoff double before scoring on an RBI single by Kaitlyn Morelli to make it a 4-2 game. Morelli then stole second and came home on an RBI hit by Leah Lindemuth to cut the lead to just one.
Uhl got things going in the bottom of the sixth when she led off with a single, stole second and came home to tie the score on an RBI single by Alayna Dowdall.
Some heads-up baserunning then allowed Dowdall to move up on the throw, and she later scored on a single by Adrianna Azzato to give the Lady Rovers a 5-4 advantage.
Richards kept the Lady Tide alive when she ripped an opposite-field, two-out double while pinch runner Olivia McGarry scored to tie the game on a single by Cloe Tubbs.
Uhl then nabbed a Curwensville pinch runner trying to take second on the first pitch to send the Lady Rovers to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
After that, it certainly didn’t take long to finish things up as Kayla Dowdall opened the inning with a single. Anndi Bartlett moved her up with a base hit of her own to give Brockway runners at first and second with no outs to set up Uhl’s game-winning hit.
Brockway will now travel to Sheffield for a doubleheader Thursday, while Curwensville plays at Clearfield Saturday.