Recap: Zerkle, Wagner lead Team Fischer to 8-4 victory

Morgan Zerkle © Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2022 / Credit: Jade Hewitt Media
Eric Rhew
Jun 18, 2022

SAN DIEGO — Big innings can lead to big points on the leaderboard in Athletes Unlimited AUX Softball. Just ask Team Fischer.

Team Fischer used a pair of three-run innings, which included a trio of home runs, to come from behind and defeat Team Mulipola, 8-4, in the Series Two opener at SDSU Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The three home runs allowed Team Fischer to secure 20 inning win points in addition to securing a comeback game victory, which comes with 50 points for each athlete on the roster.

Outfielder Morgan Zerkle led the comeback effort for Team Fischer, going 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in the sixth inning that sealed the victory. Zerkle, a former Marshall standout, claimed MVP 1 honors for her performance, allowing her to finish with 200 leaderboard points.

Pitcher Haylie Wagner guided Team Fischer to the win in the circle, allowing one run on two hits over 4.0 innings with six strikeouts. Wagner, who ran her record to 2-0, earned MVP 2 recognition to earn 168 points.

Infielder Sierra Romero paced Team Mulipola in the loss with a 3-for-3 performance, while outfielder Haylie McCleney added two hits.

Pitcher Caylan Arnold (0-2) took the loss after giving up six runs, including three earned runs, on six hits in 1.2 innings. Arnold also registered three strikeouts.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Trailing by a 3-2 margin through four innings, Team Fischer scored three times in each of the next two frames to take an 8-3 lead it did not relinquish. Catcher Taylor Edwards got the rally started with a solo home run to right center field. Two batters later, outfielder Shannon Rhodes gave Team Fischer the lead with a two-run shot over the left field bleachers. Zerkle’s three-run home run to center field in the sixth completed the comeback.

LEADERBOARD IMPACT

The victory allowed infielder Sam Fischer to move up one spot on the leaderboard to second place with 580 points following a 114-point effort. Zerkle also made a large jump on the leaderboard, rising 13 spots to the No. 4 position.

GAME NOTES

  • A relief pitcher has earned the win in the circle in six of the first seven games this season … Only Rachel Garcia has secured a victory as a starter, which came during Series One.

  • Hayward authored her third game with three or more hits this season, which have come in the last four outings.

  • Team Fischer left 14 runners on base in the victory, but was 14-for-27 in advancement opportunities.

  • Romero posted her second three-hit game of the season.

  • Rhodes and Edwards became the fourth and fifth players with two home runs this season.

GAME MVPS

  • #1 – Morgan Zerkle (Team Fischer, +60)
  • #2 – Haylie Wagner (Team Fischer, +40)
  • #3 – Victoria Hayward (Team Fischer, +20)

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