“What an amazing game, a total team effort,” those were Coach Hejnal’s words after the Lady Panthers won a wild opening round game in the Diamond Classic against Fowler on Tuesday night.
The Panthers jumped out to a 7-2 lead after five innings, but then starting pitcher Emily Breslin, who had homered earlier in the game, was hit on the elbow with a line drive and was taken to the hospital. In steps Taylor Carey who has only seen 3 innings of pitching this season. Stockbridge gives up 7 runs over the course of the next two innings and found themselves down one going into the bottom of the 7th. With two outs, Katelyn Knieper hits a single to score Alexis Hightower and tie things up, only to see Fowler score one in the top of the eighth. Stockbridge responded as Carey hit a triple to drive in Knieper and tie the game and then Hannah Smith delivered the walk off single to score Carey.
Ever single player on the team contributed in some way to this victory, either by getting a bunt down to move runners over, or making the crucial defensive play, or delivering the key hit. Carey picked up her first varsity victory as a pitcher and led the offense with four hits, two triples, and four RBI’s. Lena Jackson and Hannah Lockhart each had a pair of hits on the evening as well. Knieper also scored three runs.
The Panthers are back in action tonight against Grand Ledge in the semifinals starting at 6pm.