Twin Rivers' Darra Reed (partially hidden) scores ahead of the throw to Kennett catcher Ciara Dewrock during Tuesday's softball game at Indian Park.
The Lady Tribe offense broke loose in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring five runs to tie the game and then winning it in the eighth to pull out an improbable 9-7 win over the Twin Rivers Lady Royals Tuesday at Indian Park.
Kennett's Allyson Luce swings at a pitch during Tuesday's softball game against Twin Rivers at Indian Park.
That they did.
Trailing 7-2 in the home half of the seventh inning, Elizabeth Hively led off with a walk before Abbi Daniels doubled -- just the second hit of the game for Kennett -- and Taylor Wake walked.
Two batters later, Jodi Vancil singled home Daniels and Wake to make it 7-5, then Dewrock singled in Vancil to make it a one-run game before scoring on an error to tie the game.
"I am so proud of the ladies for their ability to keep battling and not give up," Kennett coach Laurie Vaughan said. "We made some mistakes and allowed them to score some runs, but going into the seventh inning our team wasn't done. We were able to keep a level head at the plate, create some baserunner advantages and put the ball in play."
After Kennett hurler Laurel Scales sat the Lady Royals down in order in the top of the eighth, Kalee Gore drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning and Vancil singled, setting the table for Dewrock's heroics.
"It feels really good but I'm not going to take all the credit," said Dewrock. "The team did its part."
Twin Rivers (4-1) rolled early, taking advantage of three Lady Indians' errors to take a 4-1 lead in the top of the third inning.
The Lady Royals extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning, going up 6-1 on Cindy Nippe's triple to center and making it 7-1 when Nippe scored on a Torey Davis grounder.
"We were up big -- putting the ball in play, taking advantage of some miscues by them to get the (big) lead," Twin Rivers coach Rob Brown said. "Then we just kind of coasted. I think we thought we had it won. We weren't as aggressive on the bases and at the plate."
Tuesday's offensive output by both teams was a surprise -- the game was expected to be a pitcher's duel between Scales and Lady Royals' standout Carlee Vancil.
Vancil finished the day with 10 strikeouts but also allowed seven walks and eight hits, while Scales allowed 10 hits but struck out seven and did not walk a batter. She also pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to keep the game close enough to rally back.
Both pitchers are pretty acclaimed individuals and well known in this area," said Brown."But it kind of shows you there's more to a team than one individual. Girls on both teams are able to put it in play and make plays down the stretch."
Daniels, Dewrock and Jody Vancil each had a pair of hits for the Lady Tribe (4-0), while Dewrock finished with three RBIs and Vancil added two.
Carlee Vancil led Twin Rivers with three hits on the day, while Davis and Nippe each had a pair of RBIs.
Kennett is back in action this afternoon when it hosts Dexter in a makeup of an earlier rainout.
Southland 14, Clarkton 0
At Arbyrd, Darcy McMinn's big day led the Lady Rebels to the win.
McMinn was 3-for-3, with two homers and six RBIs to lead Southland's offense, while Paige Baugh, Magen Hembrey and Hannah Bridges added a pair of hits and Hembrey also homered.
Becca Bakich tossed five innings of two-hit ball to record the shutout and win.
Cooter 10, Campbell 0
At Cooter, Aaron McCaig threw a two-hit shutout to roll past the visiting Camels.
McCaig struck out five in the win and walked just one.
Logan Edwards led the Wildcats with a pair of hits.