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Bulldogs edge out Warriors in 8th inning

Stephanie King

On a cold Friday night, cross town rivals Wheatmore and Trinity met for PAC-7 softball game. Wheatmore entered the game 1-0 in conference play and 1-2 overall on the season, while the Bulldogs were 3-1 overall on the season.

Both teams put runners on the bags during the first and second innings, but neither could bring those runners across the plate. Trinity would be the first to score as Christen Rosenbaum hit a deep single in the top of the third to bring in two runs. Wheatmore would bring in one during the bottom of the third. After three innings, Trinity led 2-1.

The Warriors backed up their pitcher and were able to keep the Bulldogs from scoring in the top of the fourth. Kailey Wilbanks doubled to start the bottom of the inning and she would be brought home after a deep double from Emily Lane to tie the game at 2 all. Wheatmore took their first lead of the night as Lane scored off a hit from Haley Mince.

Trinity wasted no time as they tied the game at 3 all during the top of the fifth inning. Kelli Wagner drew a walk before scoring off a deep single from Savannah Fauber. Wheatmore gained the final two outs to end the inning. The Warriors could not get anything going in the bottom of the fifth inning. After five innings of play, this one was tied at 3 all.

Neither team could score in the sixth and seventh innings which forced this one into extra innings. In the top of the eighth the Warriors opened with an out, but then gave up a single to Sydney Kearns. With two outs on the board, Caitlin Swiggett picked up a deep hit to send Kearns in for the score. There was some controversy regarding the score as the umpire originally signaled an out but reversed the call. Swiggett would score off a single from Kourtnie Blankenship. Wagner’s hit would be caught for out number three.

Wheatmore tried to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, but the Bulldogs were just too good defensively. Wagner made the throw to Swiggett at first for out number one before Kennedy Thrift singled for the Warriors. Mince had her hit caught for out two and Skyler Swaney had her hit caught by Fauber for out number three. The Bulldogs would gain a 5-3 win over the Warriors. Rosenbaum picked up the pitching win for Trinity.

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