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2A-1A SOFTBALL: Perrydale tops Regis to stay in first place in Special District 3

PERRYDALE -- Sierra Grimsbo can come off as quiet and unassuming when she takes the field for the Perrydale softball team.

Regis’ Makayla Lindemann, left, collides with Perrydale’s Lili Stott near second base Monday.

Photo by Nicole Watkins

Regis’ Makayla Lindemann, left, collides with Perrydale’s Lili Stott near second base Monday.

April 24, 2013

PERRYDALE -- Sierra Grimsbo can come off as quiet and unassuming when she takes the field for the Perrydale softball team.

After the junior executed the perfect bunt for a base hit, then stole second base, then third in Monday's Special District 3 matchup, it was too late for Regis to realize what was happening.

A few seconds later, and Grimsbo had already snuck past the catcher for an easy score.

"A lot of people don't know what she's going to do at the plate," Perrydale first-year coach Audrey Chrisman said of the right fielder.

"She's not quiet at practice or anything like that -- she's one of our more ambitious kids out there -- but she's coming into her own in the game of softball and becoming a threat."

Grimsbo's smart play on the bases was one reason Perrydale came away with a crucial 5-3 win over the Rams, keeping the Pirates in sole possession of first place and the lone undefeated squad at 5-0.

"It was really important for us to get this win," Grimsbo, who went 2 for 3 at the plate with two stolen bases, said. "We worked really hard on this -- we even worked on Saturday -- so I feel really proud of my team."

Perrydale (8-2 overall) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dani Juarez belted an RBI single to score Cheyenne Locke.

The Pirates added another run in the third, when Locke (2 for 3, four stolen bases) reached on an error and ended up scoring on a Regis passed ball.

Perrydale’s Sierra Grimsbo attempts a bunt in Monday’s 5-3 win.

Photo by Nicole Watkins

Perrydale’s Sierra Grimsbo attempts a bunt in Monday’s 5-3 win.

But the Rams (5-8, 3-2) answered with a big fourth inning, plating three runs -- with the help of a Perrydale error and doubles from Mackenzie Minten and Sarah Heuberger -- to take a 3-2 lead.

Even with the nerves kicking in, Perrydale didn't panic.

"I got a little nervous, but this team, they can pull through anything," Grimsbo said. "We fight till the end."

After Grimsbo got on base with a bunt, Lili Stott scored her on a fielder's choice to the infield.

Sarah Nelson ripped the ball to the outfield on the next play to reach second base, and freshman Anna McGill drove her in with an infield hit to give the Pirates a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish.

Starting pitcher Bryce Baucum took care of the Rams in the seventh, striking out one and forcing Regis -- which would strand two runners in the inning -- into two ground balls to end the game.

With most of Perrydale's roster a repeat of the basketball and volleyball teams, it's evident that the squad is close.

That's part of the reason why the Pirates find themselves in the driver's seat for their second consecutive conference title.

"We just all get along and we know each other well," Nelson, who went 1 for 3 with two stolen bases, said. "We just mesh together really well."

Chrisman, who admitted that her squad -- not to mention herself -- was nervous about the game's outcome, was just proud of the Pirates' effort.

It was the second league win of the week, as Perrydale defeated Culver 6-0 April 17.

"It was definitely a great game for us and a great win," Chrisman said.

NEXT GAMES

Perrydale at Central Linn

When: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

Perrydale at Kennedy

When: Friday, 4:30 p.m.

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