Just a bit short
Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:33
Putting away a team like Wayne is easier said than done.
And Central Catholic found that out the hard way during a nine inning emotional rollercoaster ride that concluded in a 12-11 Bluejay setback during a Class C State softball elimination game Thursday at Hastings.
Up 5-2, Central Catholic was two outs away from advancing to the next round. Wayne, however, dug deep and used the long ball to keep their season alive when Nicole Craft blasted a three-run homer to right field, which tied the game up at 5-5 and forced extra innings.
“We knew this game would come down to who flinched first,” Bluejay head coach Allan Kreikemeier said. “Hats off to Wayne. They’re a good team. And they were one run better than us this game.”
After both teams plated a run in the 8th, Wayne secured the upper hand in the 9th. Central Catholic could not buy an out as Wayne pushed across six runs to snag a 12-6 advantage.
On the brink of elimination, Central Catholic battled back with five runs of their own, which was highlighted by Carolyn Fraher’s three-run homer, cutting the deficit down to 12-11. That’s where the rally ended as the Bluejays’ season came to an end.
“I couldn’t be happier with my seniors. Down 12-6, after an inning that kind of blew up on us, and thinking we’re down, let’s just try and get one run,” Kreikemeier said. “But those kids never stopped. We kept telling them one at-bat at a time. I’m just so proud of how they kept battling. It just shows their fortitude all year long.”
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