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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • Lady Dogs Win Walk-off!

  • The Brookfield Lady Dogs opened their 2014 softball season at home last night with a visit from non-conference and district softball opponent Penney. The Penney Hornets of Hamilton gave the Lady Dogs a run, but Brookfield won an exciting contest to thrill the fans in their home opener.
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  • The Brookfield Lady Dogs opened their 2014 softball season at home last night with a visit from non-conference and district softball opponent Penney. The Penney Hornets of Hamilton gave the Lady Dogs a run, but Brookfield won an exciting contest to thrill the fans in their home opener.
    Senior hurler Taylor Ewing was on the mound for Brookfield, and Penney sent four batters to the plate in the top of the first. They would score no runs. Bailey Parks led off for the Lady Dogs, and slapped her way on base. Samantha Gonzalez sacrifirced Parks all the way to third. Jaclyn Weydert brought her home with a two out single. After one inning, Brookfield led 1-0.
    Penney went down in order in the top of the second, as did Brookfield. After two innings, the Lady Dogs led this game 1-0.
    Hamilton sent four to the plate in the top of the third, with Ewing sitting one down on strikes. No runs scored for the Hornets in the frame. Gonzalez hit a two out single for Brookfield in the home half of the frame, but ended the inning stranded. After three innings, the Lady Dogs led 1-0.
    Penney went down in order in the top of the fourth. Gabrielle Corf singled with one out and stole second base for the Lady Dogs in the bottom of the inning. However, she ended the inning stranded on base. After four innings, Brookfield led 1-0.
    The Lady Hornets sent five to the plate in the top of the fifth, with no runs crossing home. Brookfield would go down in order in the bottom of the inning. After five innings, the Lady Dogs led this game 1-0.
    Hamilton sent five to the plate in the top of the sixth, plating no runs. A standout defensive play came from Gonzalez who threw out a baserunner from her backside. Gonzalez followed this defensive play with a lead-off double. Kearns followed this with a single, but Gonzalez was caught at home on a good throw from the outfield. Corf reached on an error, sending Kearns to third base.
    On what can only be described as a textbook double steal, Corf baited the Hamilton catcher into a throw, while Kearns stole home plate. Corf took third on the play as well thanks to an errant throw. After six innings, Brookfield led this game 2-0.
    Hamilton tied the game in the top of the seventh, sending six batters to the plate en route to their two runs. A bright spot for the Brookfield defense was a strikeout earned by Taylor Ewing on the mound.
    Taylor helped her own cause with a single to lead off the home half of the seventh. Karissa Trentham sacrificed Taylor to second, and Jacey Vestal followed suit to get the winning run to third base. But, the run would be stranded at third to end the frame. After seven innings of regulation softball, the game was tied 2-2.
    Page 2 of 2 - The following three innings would see the teams play close with one-another, as they had through the whole game. Weydert slammed a massive triple in the bottom of the eighth. Taylor Ewing earned three more strikeouts in the extra innings.
    But the game came down to the bottom of the 10th inning. Parks reached on a slap single, and took second on a sacrifice from Gonzalez. Parks used her long strike and speed to come all the way home for the win off of a single by Kearns.
    “We played great, it was a great first game,” said Kearns after the game. “It was nice to get the walk-off hit. It was exciting.”
    Brookfield won this game by a final score of 3-2 in 10 innings.

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