GOSHEN — The first time Warsaw and Goshen met this season, the Redskins came out on the wrong end of a 6-5 score after blowing a 5-1 lead late.
When the two teams met for the second go-around Friday night at Shanklin Park, Taylor Caouette and her teammates were determined to make a different result happen.
Caouette went the distance on the mound, striking out three, and also scored a run and drove in another with a sacrifice fly.
Caouette said she and her teammates wanted this one badly.
“We needed to stay up in the dugout when Warsaw got the lead on us,” Caouette said.
For the first three innings, things were looking good for Goshen, which scored in the top of the first and clung to that slim 1-0 lead during that time.
The NLC contest got started about 30 minutes late, as the field had to be dried after a quick-moving thunderstorm dropped a large amount of rain before moving off to the east.
Goshen drew first blood in this one, picking up a run in the bottom of the first. With one out, Emily Castillo doubled, and later scored on a Caouette sacrifice fly.
Warsaw rallied to take the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth and extended its advantage to 4-1 with two more in the top of the fifth.
Goshen, however, made a statement with a five-run fifth to take a 6-4 lead Key blows in the frame included a sacrifice fly by Ali Nemeth, an RBI infield single by Jessica DeStefano, and an RBI single by Jessica Axalco. Brittany Jones, who went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
The Redskins pounded out 11 hits on the night.
Goshen coach Cassi McCormack said her team is starting to come together.
“The girls have been working very hard,” McCormack said. “We were able to get some key hits today, and the girls didn’t get down when Warsaw rallied on us. We were able to do the same thing to us here that they did to us at their place.”