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Softball: Late offensive burst carries Langley past Fairfax, 13-6

Langley was facing a four-run deficit in the top of the sixth inning Thursday at Fairfax after scratching out two runs on six hits.

Then the Saxons’ bats sprung to life.

Langley (3-0) batted around in consecutive innings, scoring 11 runs over the final two frames to rally for a 13-6 win behind a season-high 22 hits.

The offensive burst backed senior starter Emily Templin , who pitched the complete game.

The Saxons had eight of their nine starters register hits.

“Everybody realized that we really want this,” sophomore left fielder Grace Chambers said of the late production at the plate. “The only way we were going to win was to really work together tonight.”

Chambers went 4-for-5 with both of her RBI coming in the final two innings.

Templin was having difficulty locating her balls in the strike zone early but stayed calm.

After giving up a solo shot to center field to Rebels senior Rebecca Hall, Templin retired nine of the next 11 batters she faced and ended the game with a strikeout, her second of the night.

“I knew I had my defense behind me and once we all started hitting, it got so much better,” Templin said. “I got my confidence back and it was just a good team effort.”

Fairfax (2-1) grabbed an initial lead on run-scoring hits from Caitlin Buchanan and Hall (2-for-3, two RBI and a run scored) to take a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Then Ally Forde’s two-run single pushed the lead to 5-2 after three. But Hall’s solo shot in the fifth turned out to be the Rebels’ last run.

Langley center fielder Carina Sturm led off the sixth with a double and the Saxons picked up seven consecutive hits before their first out on a sacrifice fly.

In the seventh, they registered six straight hits after second baseman Molly Viar opened the inning with a flyout to center.

“We just adjusted well. We saw Madison Larsen from Marshall Tuesday and we consistently hit the ball off of her,” Langley Coach Jessica Rouche said.

Langley ends its week against Jefferson on Friday and will play four games next week. The Rebels travel to No. 5 Madison on Friday.



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