(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SPRINGFIELD -- After providing a season of nail-biting one-run games, why should the Kelly Lady Hawks last game of the year be any different?
Playing the Brookfield Lady Bulldogs in the third place game of the Class 2 State Tournament Friday night, the Lady Hawks found themselves down by one with one out and the tying run at second.
After a fielder's choice advance the tying run to third, however, a pop up to left ended Kelly comeback bid, giving the Lady Hawks a fourth place finish.
"They've been my comeback girls all year long," Kelly coach Melanie Heuring said. "Just couldn't quite get it done today."
Down 7-1 in the sixth inning, the Lady Hawks kicked off what looked like what would be another improbable come from behind victory.
Unable to get anything going since scoring their lone run in the first, Kelly's Kristen Powell gave her team new life when her drive to center field got past the center fielder and turned into a three-run inside the park home run.
"I think that pepped us up some," Powell said. "It kept us going because we seemed down and all negative. I don't know why.
"I guess errors got us down early, but whenever that happened we started to get up and feel like we were still in it."
Kelly looked ready to more damage in the frame as they loaded the bases with one out. Unable to push another run over the next two batters grounded out and popped up to leave the Lady Hawks down by three entering the seventh.
Keeping the team's dream alive, Jade Rampley and Kristen Vetter opened up the frame with back-to-back singles before coming around to score and making it a 7-6 ball game.
Though Haley Glastetter and Sydney Vinyard were able to reach with only out, the above mentioned ground out and pop up left the tying and winnings runs at third and second respectively.
"It was awesome to get to come here," Powell said. "I love how far we made it, but it would have been better with a better outcome."
Earlier in the day, the Lady Hawks run at a championship ended when they opened the afternoon with a 9-1 loss to the Warsaw Lady Wildcats in the semifinals.
The two teams battled through four tight innings of one-run ball before the Lady Wildcats broke out for four runs in both of their last two innings at the plate.
Getting Kelly's one-run was Vetter, whose home run to left in the fourth tied the game. Vetter's blast was the first run Warsaw had given up after shutting out their previous four postseason opponents.
|Kelly||000 100 0 - 1|
|Warsaw||010 044 x - 9|
WP -- Kelly Wenberg. LP -- Kristen Powell. Multiple hitters -- (K) Emily Grojean 2-4; (W) Kelly Wenberg 2-5, Caitlyn Cooner 2-3, Kristina Strader 3-4, Shawnah Kee 3-4. 2B -- (K) Haley Glastetter, Grojean; (W) Strader 2, Kee. 3B -- (W) Cooner 2. HR -- (K) Kristen Vetter; (W) Haeley Kreisel.
|Brookfield||500 200 0 - 7|
|Kelly||100 003 2 - 6|
WP -- Samantha Overton. LP -- Kristen Powell. Multiple hitters -- (B) Cassady Siosson 2-4. 2B -- (B) McKenzie Roberts. HR -- (K) Kristen Powell.