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Softball: Ocean City explodes for eight runs in third inning to rally past Holy Spirit

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City softball team trailed visiting Holy Spirit 5-0 after just a half-inning on Wednesday afternoon, but the Red Raiders didn’t panic. They knew their offense could get things going once they came to bat. The Red Raiders responded with three runs in their half of the first inning to trim the lead to 5-3, then exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the third to take command and eventually win by the 10-run rule, 15-5, in five innings. Freshman first baseman Jackie Nesi had a monster game for Ocean City, going 3-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs, three runs scored and a pair of doubles to lead an offense that has scored 23 runs in its past two games following a 14-0 shutout loss to Egg Harbor Township. Holy Spirit second baseman Jessie Higbee makes a throw to first during Wednesday's game. Holy Spirit second baseman Jessie Higbee makes a throw to first during Wednesday’s game. The Red Raiders added a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Brooke Segich to make it 5-4, and Faust worked a 1-2-3 top of the third to get Ocean City’s offense right back into the dugout. The Red Raiders took advantage by rallying for eight runs in the bottom of the third. Keani Hindle, who walked to start the inning, scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 5, and an RBI single by Alex Vitola put the Red Raiders ahead for good, 6-5. Konick knocked in two more runs with a double and Segich followed with a run-scoring single to left to push the lead to 9-5. Shortstop Rachael Zeides tacked on another run with an RBI double to right, and Hindle’s RBI double to left made it 11-5. Nesi capped the rally by driving in Hindle with a single to left to give the Raiders a 12-5 lead. Ocean City added a run in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Konick, then ended the game with a pair of runs in the fifth on an infield single by Courtney Bodenschatz that plated a run and a bases-loaded walk to Devon Punthrangkul. Nesi said the rallies this week against Middle Township and Holy Spirit will go a long way toward the Red Raiders building some confidence. “I think we are doing much better,” Nesi said. “Our first couple games, we didn’t do that great, but now that we are getting the bats rolling, I think we’ll do much better as the season goes on.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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