New Bloomfield advances in extra innings vs. Lafayette Co.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — It was a new feeling for New Bloomfield freshman pitcher Madison Love and her teammates, and she wasn’t quite sure how to express it.
“We’ve never really done this before,” Love said. “We’re kind of the underdogs, so it’s really exciting.”
Love drove in the game-winning run with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Lady Wildcats’ 7-6, come-from-behind win over the Lafayette County Lady Huskers in a Class 2 sectional Wednesday night.
New Bloomfield (14-12) moves on to the Class 2 quarterfinals and will play at St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond (23-3) on Saturday. Game time has yet to be determined. Bishop LeBlond beat Brookfield 3-1 in its sectional game Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 5 in the top of the ninth, junior second baseman Diamond Thirkield led off with a single for Lafayette County. Thirkield stole second and scored the go-ahead run on senior pitcher Rachel Simmons’ RBI single to right with one out.
With New Bloomfield facing possibly the last three outs of its season, head coach Dara Reinkemeyer didn’t have to say much to her team.
“(I told them) that it was our time to bust loose and nothing was going to hold us back,” Reinkemeyer said.
The Lady Wildcats took that sentiment to heart.
Senior shortstop Bethany Craighead slapped the first pitch she saw from Simmons to right for a leadoff single. Senior third baseman Mary Jeffries followed with a dribbler down the third-base line and the throw sailed over the head of senior first baseman Amber Bayless, allowing Craighead to go all the way to third and Jeffries to reach second.
With first base open, junior center fielder Mykaela Bonnett — who already had a pair of doubles and a two-run home run — was intentionally walked. Senior first baseman Abby Haas then tied the game at 6 when she hit a 2-1 offering from Simmons to left, driving in Craighead.
Love was next to the plate and had just one thought in her head.
“To not strike out and to hit the ball,” Love recalled.
She was one strike away from doing just that. Instead, Love’s shot right up the middle drove in Jeffries with the winning run.
Lafayette County erased three New Bloomfield two-run leads over the course of the game. The Lady Wildcats received back-to-back, two-out doubles in the bottom of the first. The second, off the bat of Haas, drove in Bonnett for the games’ first run.
Haas then scored on a single by junior right fielder Taylor Howard, but freshman courtesy-runner Lena Love — replacing Madison Love — was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Senior catcher Sam Davis singled in senior center fielder Cameshia Cole for the Lady Huskers’ first run in the third. Haas reached on a fielding error in the bottom of the inning, allowing Bonnett to score and push New Bloomfield’s lead to 3-1.
Davis tied the game at 3 in the fifth with a two-run single, scoring Cole and freshman right fielder Mariah Elmore. The Lady Wildcats led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk by Jeffries before Bonnett sent a 3-1 pitch from Simmons over the center-field fence to give New Bloomfield a 5-3 advantage.
Senior left fielder Rosemary Haston tripled in Bayless to cut the deficit to a run, then scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 5-all in the top of the sixth.
The Lady Wildcats topped out with 11 hits. Bonnett finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Haas and Madison Love were both 2-for-4 with a double. Howard was also 2-for-4.
Love went the distance for the win, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits and five walks, while striking out 12.
“She’s been throwing well for us and she was hitting well for us, and she was due to find a hole (for the winning hit),” Reinkemeyer said.
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