The Helias Lady Crusaders got it done when they needed to get it done.
Helias scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then held off a potential New Bloomfield rally in the seventh to take a 3-2 victory Thursday at the American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex.
"When we needed to do it in crunch time, we did it," Helias coach Chris Wyrick said. "It's a good sign that we can get it done in those situations, but we need to play better from the get-go, we just have to."
Paige Schaffer led off the bottom of the sixth with a single up the middle. Courtesy runner Karoline Klebba then stole second on the next pitch. Ella Meyer hit a fly to short left that bounced out of outfielder's glove after a long run as Klebba advanced to third.
After Meyer stole second, Kendyll Rackers hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Klebba to tie the game at 2 as Meyer advanced to third on the play.
"We had to do something to get people moving, to excite some people to get them going," Wyrick said.
Cori Verslues then laid down a bunt to score Meyer to give Helias its first lead of the game.
But the game wasn't over.
"Give New Bloomfield all the credit in the world, they played their game," Wyrick said. "They were aggressive in the circle, they were aggressive at the plate and they were aggressive on the bases.
"They were ready to play."
Sarah Abbott led off the New Bloomfield seventh with a single to left. Asya Nichols then reached on a fielder's choice as Abbott was out at second. Peityn Thomas followed with a grounder to third and Nichols beat the throw to second to put a pair of New Bloomfield runners on base.
Kamryn Herron then sacrificed the pair to second and third before Helias pitcher Alexa Rehmeier was able to close the game with a foul out to third baseman Mallorey Rogers.
"It's not do-or-die yet, we have time to learn from the things we didn't do well and take away things from what we did do well," Wyrick said. "We're going to learn from this."
Rehmeier got the win in relief of Rogers. Rehmeier pitched the final 42/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out seven. Rogers worked the first 21/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out one.
Both teams scored a run in the first. New Bloomfield's Brinley Dysart plated Jenna Nichols with a groundout in the top of the inning. Liv Bloomer led off the Helias first with a bunt single before coming around to score on a single by Payton Dudenhoeffer.
New Bloomfield regained the lead in the third. Herron led off with a single and was sacrificed to second before coming around to score on a pair of errors. The Lady Wildcats had runners at first and third with one out when Rehmeier came on to strike out the next two batters to end the threat.
Asya Nichols pitched the first 32/3 innings for New Bloomfield (6-2), allowing four hits and one walk while striking out one. Thomas took the loss in relief, pitching the final 21/3 innings.
Rogers had two of Helias' seven hits.
Helias (9-3) will play today and Saturday in the Jefferson City Classic at Binder Park.
"This weekend is going to be tough, it always is," Wyrick said. "We could finish anywhere, it just depends how we come out and play."
Helias will open at 1:45 p.m. today against Sullivan. Win or lose, the Lady Crusaders would play again at 5:15 p.m. The tournament will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the championship game set for 2:45 p.m.