RUS Wallops HUN
The game started friendly enough, a scoreless 1st and everyone moved on. In the top of the 2nd Russia put up four, they more than doubled that in the top of the 3rd and then halved that again in the 4th. Russian hurler Vera Kukharenko then closed it out as she and Luliia Grib split duty giving up just two hits while combining for 10Ks on the day.
Hungary’s hurlers started strong. With a ground out and two fly outs the top of the 1st was over in just 10 pitches.
Cleanup hitter Grace Perechinsky got things started offensively for Russia in the 2nd with a single to center. Tatiana Pinigina homered to left and two crossed the plate. Vasliisa Sorokina singled to left. Nina Zakaznikova walked and Sorokina took 3rd on a wild pitch. Vera Kukharenko sacrificed to bring Vasliisa around. An error by SS Victoria Sovak allowed Nina to score. A fly out and a ground out and the rally ended with Russia up by four.
In the top of the 3rd Russia had some more help from Hungary’s defense. Facing the heart of the order, Hungary’s 3B Monika Dios committed an error that allowed Grace Perechinsky to reach. Pinigina and Sorokina both singled and Perechinsky scored on an error by left fielder Timea Sebok. With runners on the corners Nina Zakaznikova homered deep to center and Russia expanded their lead to eight.
A walk and two singles later and two more were crossing the plate before a pitching change was ordered. A single, a few more sacrifices and Russia was out of chances at the plate but ahead by 13.
Hungary’s catcher, sitting in the #1 spot, tried to get something started with a 2-out double in the bottom of the 3rd but the next batter was flagged and the inning was over.
At the start of the 4th it was, once again, Sorokina fast to reach. She doubled down the left field line. A single by Egiazarova scored her. Kukharenko walked. Mayya Shalvadze pinch hit and singled up the middle scoring Egiazarova. That was all before the 1st out. A fielder’s choice and single and another two runs crossed before the final out.
Neither Hungarian pitcher managed to strike out a single batter but they only walked four on the day. The bigger issue for their defense was the error total. They committed four errors, which accounted for 3 runs crossing unearned. More than that however, each extended play. The most costly were the back-to-back errors in the top of the 3rd with one away and no runs on the board for the inning.