Last Modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:53 PMDEQUINCY — The third time wasn’t the charm after all for the Kinder Lady Yellow Jackets, as they fell in heartbreaking fashion to the DeQuincy Lady Tigers for the third time this season Monday night.
This time the implications were bigger, though, as the Tigers advance to the regional round of the Class 2A state playoffs with the 6-5 victory.
“Kinder is a great softball team with a long, winning tradition and to beat a team like that three times in a year is tough,” said DeQuincy head coach Charlie Smith.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning the teams were tied at 5-5. To kick things off, catcher Grace Pierce would hit a single to left field.
Jaylee Googe would pop out to the third baseman, but not before Pierce stole second. The next batter walked, and later both runners would advance on stolen bases.
Ashlan Marcantel popped out to the shortstop, bringing designated player Jacqueline Phillips to the plate with two outs and the winning run on third.
With a 1-2 count, Phillips slapped the ball right over the pitcher’s head allowing Pierce to come home for the winning run.
“In the bottom half of district play we decided to go with two slappers because it puts pressure on people,” said Smith. “Jacqueline struggled early tonight, but she comes up big for us when we need her to. That was huge for us.”
Jaylee Googe was the winning pitcher, picking up six strikeouts in the game.
For the Lady Jackets (14-13) the season ends, but head coach Skip Pickle was more than proud of the way his team fought.
“I thought we fought very hard,” Pickle said. “I am very proud of their competitiveness, they were determined when they got here today and they showed everyone that they came to play.
In the early going, it looked as though the Yellow Jackets would be in control in their third attempt to defeat the Lady Tigers, scoring five unanswered runs in the first two innings.
Third baseman Megan Trahan started the game off with a single and shortstop Shelly LaBuff would reach on a error soon after. They would both be brought home on an Emma Bertrand single. Bertrand would reach second on a throwing error and would later be brought home for the third run by Cathryn Vincent.
Kinder added two more runs in the second inning, but that would be the end of their scoring.
DeQuincy picked up five of its runs in the third inning, capped off by a big two-run double from center fielder Jacey Royer.
Pierce finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for DeQuincy while Bertrand finished 2-for-2 for Kinder with 3 RBIs.