Extra Inning Walk-off Upends Defending State Champs
In the varsity game, Taylor Ewing started off on the mound for the Lady Dogs. Ewing recorded two strikeouts in the top of the first, and both teams went down in order. After one inning, the game was scoreless.
Palmyra managed one hit in the top of the second, but retired without a run. Natalie Wheeler led off with a single. Megan Kearns reached on an error to put two on, and was replaced by Thompson as a courtesy runner. Sammi Overton was involved in a Fielder’s Choice, where the lead runner was out. Ashley Kearns broke things open with an RBI single. Jaclyn Weydert loaded the bases with a single, and Paige Clawson brought them all home with a three-RBI triple. Alesa Frey bunted on base, and Bailey Parks brought them both home with a two-RBI single. After two innings, Brookfield led 6-0.
Palmyra scored two runs in seven at-bats in the top of the third. Brookfield was retired in order to leave a 6-2 lead after three innings.
Overton took over on the mound in the top of the fourth, and Palmyra scored one run in six at-bats. Ewing returned to the mound in the middle of the frame. Weydert led off with a solo homerun to get the run back. “I didn’t even know it was a homerun, I kept running,” said Weydert. “You have to just shake it off and get ready for the next at-bat.” After four innings, Brookfield led 7-3.
Palmyra tied the game with four runs in the top of the fifth in eight at-bats. Wheeler gave the Lady Dogs back the lead with a lead-off solo homerun. “It was a good moment,” said Wheeler. “I knew I was going something good for the team. It gave us the lead, and we just tried to stay focused afterward.” After five innings, Brookfield led 8-7.
Palmyra was retired in order in the top of the sixth. “It was nerve-wracking,” said Ewing. “But I knew my teammates were there to back me up.”
Weydert earned a walk, as did Clawson, but both ended the bottom of the frame stranded. After six innings, Brookfield led 8-7.