Softball: St. Joseph defeats Masuk in eight innings

Melissa Bike singled to drive in Kayla Giacobbe with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the St. Joseph softball team a 5-4 victory over previously unbeaten Masuk High in Trumbull on Sunday.

St. Joseph improved to 6-4. Masuk is 7-1.

Giacobbe had a single to right field with one out in the eighth and Allie Petronchak took a changeup into left field for a basehit.

Maddy Procyk, on in relief of starter Samantha Schiebe, put the second out in the book on strikes before Bike’s base hit ended the non-conference contest.

Masuk took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

After St. Joseph tied the game in the fourth, the Panthers countered with two more runs in the fifth inning.

The Cadets' Julia Basso, who had doubled to deadlock the game in the fourth, opened the seventh with a single through the hole and into right field.

Schiebe issued her only walk to put the tying runs on base.

She then retired Bike and Jovanna Hillman, who each had notched their 100th career hit earlier in the week, on infield pop ups.

Hannah Hutchison extended the game with a one-strike, two-run double up the gap.

Schiebe’s third strikeout left the winning run on second.

Masuk got right after it in its first at bat.

Gretchen Bunovsky singled with one out off St. Joseph pitcher Payton Doiron.

Alexa Bacoulis and Jenna Hall (RBI) followed with doubles and Procyk added a sacrifice fly.

In the Cadet fourth, a pair of hit batters and a Giacobbe single loaded the bases with two out.

Basso doubled to right-center on a 1-2 pitch to tie the game at 2-2.

Masuk retook the lead with one out in the fifth.

Erica Pullen singled and scored on Bunovsky’s two-bagger to left center.

Doiron rang up the second out with her fifth strikeout, before Bacoulis took a 3-1 pitch to right field to make it 4-2.