Written by Stacy Atkison
Published under News
September 18, 2007
Speed and quickness, along with some outstanding pitching, made it hard for the Jays to get on track Tuesday night in Bolivar. Bolivar jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and seemed to be on their way to a conference victory as the Bolivar pitcher had stuck out 8 of 9 bluejay batters in the game.
After coach Murphy put in Mackensie Sanders in the third inning, the Liberators didn’t score again until the final inning. The Jays rattled some bats in the 4th, but failed to get anyone past second base in the inning.
Things started to change in the fifth. The Jays pushed three runs across to cut the Bolivar lead to one. Again, the defense held the Liberators scoreless; so after 5 the score was 4-3.
Both teams were shut down in the sixth……..then came the seventh!
With two outs in the seventh inning, Marshfield’s Kleeman started the rally with a bloop single that dropped in front of the left fielder. Kleeman then took second on a passed ball. Morgan Smith battled the Bolivar pitcher by fouling off several strikes before earning a walk. Coach Murphy then put in a pinch runner, sophomore Haley Hines, to run for Kleeman. With two on and two out, junior Anna Glenn smashed a ball into center field that emptied the bases, giving the Jays a one run lead. The very next batter was Karisa Lorenz. She also smashed a double that scored Glenn and the Jays went up by two, 6-4. That insurance run was huge, as it turned out to be the winning run.
Bolivar tried to answer in the bottom of the seventh. After scoring one run, making the score 6-5, the Liberators had runners on first and third with one out. The Bolivar batter popped up in between third and home plate. With both Hannah Keeth behind the plate charging hard and Kelsey Kleeman running in at full speed from her position at third, both girls got to the ball at the same time. They both hit each other with such force that after the dust settled Kleeman lifted the ball into the air to show home plate umpire Phil Montgomery she had caught the ball. As the crowd was worried about the wellbeing of both players on the ground, the runner at third base tagged up and charged towards home plate. She represented the tying run. Kleeman jumped to her feet and forced the runner to retreat to third. Kleeman then fired the ball to Latasha Baderdeen, who alertly was covering the base at third. The runner then tried to break back toward home plate, but Baderdeen chased her down and made the tag for the final out of the game. What an exciting ,but unusual double play to end the third come from behind victory for your Lady Jays.
After the game, Coach Murphy said he was proud of his team. “This team will never give up… they are always in the game. If they get down, they will scrap and fight and chip away at leads. Knowing that they have come from behind before gives them the confidence they need to win. Tonight we were down to our final strike when Morgan (Smith) drew the walk. That was huge for us.”
Marshfield freshman Mackensie Sanders earned her first varsity win.
Marshfield’s record stands at 11-2. 5-1 in the C.O.C.
Not much time to enjoy this victory though, as the Jays will host a very good Glendale Falcon team in Marshfield on Wednesday. This game has an early start time of 4:30. MarshfieldWebTV.com will be covering that game live. Get out and cheer on this very exciting team of Lady Jays. If you can’t make it to the game, tune in right here. First pitch is at 4:30.
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