With a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wapakoneta Redskins likely thought they could stamp their ticket to the next round of sectional play.
The Shawnee Indians had other plans.
After trailing the Redskins 4-3 at the end of the fifth inning and watching the Bill Sammons-led squad take a 6-3 lead in the sixth, the Indians scored three times in their last at-bat to tie the game at 6.
This time, senior third baseman Ashlie Cox had other plans. She doubled in the top of the eighth inning to score junior Renee Lovett and senior Kristi Bailey to give the Redskins an 8-6 lead and the win.
“We lost to them 8 to 7 during the season and we were up 7 to 2 in 6th inning in that game,” Sammons said. “We matured so much in this game and the players are really starting to understand the game and play with a passion taking every game pitch by pitch.
“Everyone played and everyone contributed in this great win,” he said.
Sammons said the key to the game was keeping the Indians’ best player, Shelby Lucas, from causing havoc offensively.
“We kept there best player off the basepath all but one time,” Sammons said. “She is one of the best players in the league. We pitched high pitches and kept her off balance with the change-up.”
The Redskins tallied a run in the first inning with when senior second baseman Carli Sammons hit a double and came hone on a single by senior shortstop Amy Hume. Hume came around when Bailey singled. Senior first basemen Stacy Miller drove in Cos with a single.
The Indians answered with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first.
The scoring quieted down until Sammons stroked her second double of the game and came home on a single by Miller.
Then came the fireworks of the seventh inning.
Hume singled and went to second base on a passed ball. Senior catcher Kati Sawmiller drove her in with a single. Alexix Schwartz hit a screaming line drive to center to score Sawmiller and build the lead.
“The girls scored three runs in the seventh and our girls did not panic or think it will be like the first time we played them,” Sammons said. “My girls calmed down and played every inning pitch by pitch and do what they do and that is hit the ball. So the 7th inning we hit the ball like crazy and won the game.”
Sammons credited his defense with the win. They played a near flawless game, making only one error.
“The key play was Elizabeth Martin diving catch in the eighth inning in left field to make the first out then Renee got the next two batters to pop up to win the game,” Sammons said. “It is always great to preform and beat a great team like shawnee. What a great memory for these seven hardworking seniors.”