The Brookfield Lady Dogs showed heart and fire last night, but a comeback effort would prove to be too little, too late in this case. Brookfield hosted Highland at Rusk Park in a Clarence Cannon Conference battle.
Both teams went down quietly in the first inning, Brookfield did have one baserunner, as Paige Clawson earned a walk. After one inning, the game was tied 0-0.
Highland struck first in the top of the second, scoring one run in four at-bats. Megan Kearns would start the home half of the innings with a double to center field. She would move to third off of a sacrifice by Alexis Lindsay. Jaclyn Weydert reached second on an error, bringing home Kearns to tie the game. After two innings, the game was tied 1-1.
The third inning saw no more runs added to the scoreboard. For the Lady Dogs, both Alesa Frey and Bailey Parks would reach base thanks to some quality bunting. After three innings, the game remained tied at 1-1.
The fourth inning was a quiet one as well, with the only local offense being a walk earned by Lindsay. After four innings, the game remained tied at 1-1.
In the top of the fifth, Highland would explode offensively, scoring seven runs in 12 at-bats. Brookfield would swap starting pitcher Sammi Overton for Morgan Ewing over the course of the frame.
Frey began the bottom of the frame with a double. Parks moved her to third with a single, and Clawson would earn the RBI and move Parks to third with a single. Ewing would ground out, but would score Parks on the play. After five innings, Brookfield trailed 8-3.
Highland went down quietly in the top of the sixth inning. Lindsay bunted her way on base, stole second, and moved to third on a groundout by Weydert. She would come home off of a groundout by Gabrielle Corf. After six innings, the Lady Dogs trailed 8-4.
Highland added their final run in the top of the seventh, sending five to the plate. Brookfield came to the dish with three outs remaining, and started a comeback.
Frey bunted to reach base from the lead-off position. With one out, Clawson singled to join her on base. Overton re-entered the game, and singled to load the bases. Kearns would ground out, bringing Frey home, and advancing the runners. Lindsay cleared the bases on an error. On the play, a Highland player would be knocked out on the collision, and the game was delayed while she was transported via Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital. After the delay, the comeback would end, with Brookfield losing this game 9-7.