Madison’s 14-4 win over North on Tuesday didn’t sit well with the Rangers, especially Alyssa Robinson and Mikaela Fording.
Robinson and Fording each responded with a double and a run batted in leading the Rangers to a 2-0 win over the visiting Blue Streaks on Wednesday. Robinson also struck out six and limited the potent Blue Streaks to just three hits.
“Huge win for the girls,” said North coach Andrew Palermo. “Madison is a very solid team and for Robinson to shut them out and hold them to three hits was an incredible performance.”
While Robinson and Fording delivered the clutch hits for the Rangers, it was their defensive play in the top of the first inning that sparked North’s intensity.
Madison’s Alyssa Rose led off the game with a single then stole second. She reached third after tagging up on a fly ball and attempted to steal home when Fording threw the ball back to Robinson in the circle.
“I knew she had a huge lead, but she didn’t have me fooled,” Fording said. “I threw back to A-Rob instead of running her back because I knew she was coming as soon as I threw it. A-Rob made a great throw and we had a great play to start us off. Plays like that are what gets teams pumped and we fed off of it.”
Robinson, who went on to retire 18 of the next 22 batters she faced, helped the Rangers score their first run when she reached on a two-out error in the bottom of the first.
Fording made the Blue Streaks pay for that mistake when she roped a double to left to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
“Stepping up to the plate, I knew getting an early lead was super important to set the tone and give us some confidence,” Fording said. “I cleared my head before I went up there and just did my thing. I wanted to pick myself up from my performance yesterday at the plate and of course help my team and that’s exactly what I did.”
The Rangers added an insurance run in the third when Hannah Harris drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a ground out.
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