(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
BENTON -- If there is one thing the final days of Kelly's regular season has been missing, it isn't drama.
With their 3-2 win over Jackson Monday afternoon in their last games before districts, the Lady Hawks have won three 1-run games in the last week alone.
"We've had a lot this year," Kelly' coach Melanie Heuring said. "Too many to call, but we've had a lot. Hopefully that gets us mentally prepared for districts."
Much like their last game, a 1-0 win over Oran last Wednesday, Monday's game-winning run came via the squeeze play.
Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, Haley Glastetter brought home the tying run with a double to left-center, scoring Jade Rampley from second.
After Glastetter advanced to third on a bad throw by Jackson, starting pitcher Kristen Powell laid down a squeeze to bring home Glastetter, who beat the throw back to the plate for the game-winning run.
"She kind of gave me a look," Heuring said of Powell. "But I knew she could get it down and I wanted her to. We needed that run."
Powell was just happy to get the run in.
"That wasn't really a good pitch to do it on," she said. "But it never really is so I was just trying to stick it out there and it ended up working."
Wrapping up the win, Powell went back to work in the top of seventh, striking out Jackson's No. 7 hitter hitter before inducing a pop up and ground out from the No. 8 and 9 hitters respectively to end the game.
"We're very used to these (type of games)," Glastetter said. "We've been having one-run games all season pretty much.
"We know how to play well, get the hits that we need in the late innings and just win them."
Kelly's two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth more than made up for the top of the inning, when Mollie Crader led of the frame with a double before coming home on Katie Garner's line drive to deep center field to give the Lady Indians a 2-1 lead.
In that inning as well as the fourth, the Lady Hawks were able to escape situations where Jackson had runners in scoring position and less than two outs allowing only a single run in each instance.
In the fourth, Kelly was able to stop what look liked a big rally after the lady Indians started the inning putting runners on second and third with no outs.
Though Kelly did allow Jackson to score with one out, making it a 1-0 ball game at the time, they got a pop up back to the pitcher followed by a ground ball to third to keep the game in check.
"The whole season we've been able to get ourselves out of tough situations," Glastetter said. "We know how to work together, not make any errors at all and get the outs that we need."
Only down by one, Kelly was able to come back and tie it the next frame when Emily Grojean's slap bunt attempt scored Sydney Vinyard from third with two outs.
In earning the win, Powell pushed the Lady Hawks to 15-11 to finish the regular season. She allowed the two runs on five hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk.
Her counterpart Mallory Jones takes the loss, going all seven innings allowing three runs on four hits while walking one and not collecting a strikeout.
Jackson 000 101 0 - 2
Kelly 000 012 x - 3
WP -- Kristen Powell. LP -- Mallory Jones. Multiple hitters -- (J) Mollie Crader 3-3; (K) Jade Rampley 2-3. 2B -- (J) Crader, Katie Garner; (K) Haley Glastetter.