HADDONFIELD -- As the ball hit off the bat of Emily MacGibeny soared over the left field fence, Paul VI put the exclamation point on a remarkable comeback.
The Eagles came back from being down 8-1 to defeat Cherry Hill West 19-9 in six innings on Friday in Olympic Conference National Division action.
“I kinda just do a big OH YEAH,” MacGibeny said of her emotions while rounding the bases.
Paul VI scored 13 runs in the final two innings to erase the seven-run advantage the visiting Lions built up in the first three frames.
“Honestly, it was just the motivation not to lose this conference game,” MacGibeny said. “It’s a big game. We’re up to be conference champion. It just took bearing down by the team and a lot of teamwork and patience.”
Alexa Caulder was one of the primary catalysts of the Paul VI comeback. The No. 9 hitter went 4-for-4 with five RBIs on four singles and a fielder’s choice.
“In all honesty, my dad has told me swing from the heels, swing like a man,” Caulder said. “When I was up at the plate today, I said why not go for it and do that.”
“Being in the ninth hole, the goal is to turn the batting lineup around and it’s really big when you do that,” Caulder said. “But I just do anything to help my team. Wherever I am in the lineup, I’m there to help my team.”
Pitcher Mac Champion went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Lilly St. Jean went 2-for-3 with a RBI and Nevaeh Terrell drove in a pair of runs on a double and a sacrifice fly.
Up and down the order, the Eagles wreaked havoc on the rotation of pitchers Cherry Hill West used to try and slow down their momentum.
“Sometime during the game it just clicks for us and we realize we’re the best competition out here and we can do this,” Caulder said. “It was about the third or fourth inning when we really turned it around.”
Cherry Hill West appeared like it was going to win the game by way of the 10-run rule in the opening innings.
Meghan Davis clocked a pair of home runs over the center field fence to drive in five of the team’s eight runs.
But starting with a five-run third, Paul VI took control of the game at the plate and remained at the top of the Olympic National.
“It’s exhilarating,” MacGibeny said. “It’s an adrenaline rush. We never wanted it to end and we just wanted to stay on the field playing with the best team we have.:”
CHW: 422 001- 9
PVI: 015 085-19
WP: Mac Champion LP: Jessica Bianco
2B: CHW: Jessica Bianco, PVI: Alexa Lee, Nevaeh Terrell
HR: CHW: Meghan Davis (2),
PVI: Emily MacGibeny