Arcadia Loses in Hard-Fought Battle With Chincoteague

Arcadia coach Keith Justis leaves after consulting with pitcher Sydney Jester on how to approach Emma Jackson, who had two home runs and six RBIs in Chincoteague’s June 1 win. Photo by Matthew Yoder.

By Matthew Yoder
With playoff seeding at stake, the Chincoteague Ponies bested the Arcadia Firebirds for the second time this season Tuesday night by a score of 8-6.

The Ponies welcomed back starting pitcher Alex McComb and put aside a pair of disappointing losses to get back into the win column. McComb was largely economical in her pitch count, picking up her fifth win of the season going the distance allowing six hits, while striking out five.

Emma Jackson provided the offense for Chincoteague, hitting tremendous home runs in both her first and third at bats, tallying four hits in total on the night with six RBIs. Lily Mathews added a pair of hits, and Danielle Jimmo got the start in left field, playing her final game as a graduating senior and leaving in style with a hit.

The Arcadia Firebirds made a valiant effort in the bottom on the seventh inning to rally, following a leadoff walk from Haley McDaniel and single to centerfield off the bat of Brianna Montross. A pair of Pony infield errors brought home both runners and left two more on base for Skylar Stapleton, who hit a towering home run to left field, bridging the gap to two runs. Arcadia kept the rally alive, but McComb battled, striking out Taylor Fluhart, who replaced an injured Jayda Tull, to end the game. Sydney Jester took the loss for Arcadia.