If one word could describe Terry Weikert's emotions after Fairfield's Monday softball game, it would be frustrated.

The Green Knights raced out to a three-run lead against York Catholic, only to squander it in a 6-4 loss to the Fighting Irish in a YAIAA Division IV clash.

"We basically let (York Catholic) win the ballgame by not making routine plays," Weikert said. "It's really frustrating because they are better than that."

Fairfield carried a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning with ace pitcher Nicole Kinjerski in the circle. The junior gave up just one unearned run and three hits through the first five innings.

Kinjerski only gave up one hit over the final two innings, but three Fairfield errors in that span led to five runs for the Fighting Irish, four of them unearned.

The opportunistic York Catholic offense tied the game with three runs in the sixth without the aid of a base hit.

Leading off the inning, Liz Lynch hit an innocent ground ball to second base, but the second baseman failed to usher the ball into the glove.

Arianna Sindelar followed with a grounder to short, but the second baseman covering the bag missed the throw.

Carrie Fix lined out to center, and Annie Stover walked to load the bases.

Then came the key at-bat of the game.

York Catholic's Brooke Ricks hit a grounder to short, but instead of taking the short route for the force out at third, Kennedy Keller threw the ball home, and the throw sailed to the backstop.


With the score 4-2 and the bases still loaded, Keller made a sliding stop on a ground ball and got the force out at second for the second out. A run scored to make it 4-3.

With Juely Baez at the plate, Kinjerski skidded the 1-0 pitch to the backstop, and the runner from third raced home.

Fairfield catcher Kaitlin Barron retrieved the ball and hurled it to Kinjerski, who was covering home. The ball beat the Stover, but she slid in just under the tag to tie the game at 4.

"That's why you have to minimize the damage and stay in striking distance," York Catholic head coach David Concino said, "in case (the other team) makes mistakes, and we were fortunate that they did today, and we capitalized."

In the top of the seventh, Amanda Summers led off with a walk and Sinead O'Callaghan dribbled a bunt single down the first-base line to put runners on first and second with no outs

Both runners scored when Lynch's grounder was misplayed into the outfield.

The late runs made Fix the winning pitcher. She gave up three earned runs and six hits on the day.

With the win, York Catholic moved to 3-2 on the season.

Fairfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

Designated player Megan Whalen laced a two-run single just inside the right side of the second-base bag, and courtesy runner Alexis Landsford later scored on a throwing error to make it 3-0.

Fix doubled to right in the fourth and scored when the relay throw got away, making it 3-1. Fairfield restored the three-run lead on a Kirsten Mills' sacrifice fly in the fifth.
York Catholic   000  103  2 -- 6  5  2
Fairfield   003  010  0 -- 4  4  5
   YC, Carrie Fix and Juely Baez; F, Nicole Kinjerski and Kaitlin Barron. SO-BB -- YC, Fix 6-7; F, Kinjerski 1-3. W -- Fix. L -- Kinjerski. 3B -- YC, Fix; F, Megan Whalen.