It took a big sixth inning for Colonel Crawford to get the win and advance against Margaretta by a score of 4-0 in the Division III Lexington District semi-final at Lexington High School Wednesday evening.
“It was Déjà vu, the magical sixth inning just like the last game against Galion,” Colonel Crawford head coach Chuck Huggins said.
Against Galion, Colonel Crawford didn’t score a run until the sixth inning when they scored 5 runs and tonight they did the same thing by scoring 4 runs in the sixth inning.
“We knew we had to create some oppurtunities,” he said.
Karissa Rowlinson got the bats going when she hit a single. Alexus Burkhart and Jada Klingenberger followed with a single of their own scoring Rowlinson. Burkhart scored on an error and Klingenberger scored on a Margaretta wild pitch. Lexi Hoepf walked and then later scored on a sacrifice fly by Abbie Bradshaw.
With the damage done, that is all that Sydney Studer needed to finish off Margaretta. Studer started the top of the seventh inning with a strikeout and then with two fly outs to Kerri Reynolds in left field secured the victory.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of both Sidney and Karissa and seeing how well they work with each other,” Huggins said. Studer struck out 12 batters in the game and walked no batters.
“I’m very proud of how well Sydney and Karissa have improved from last year when they were freshmen,” Klingenberger said.
Margaretta did have their chances to score, especially in the top of the sixth inning when they had bases loaded, but came up empty.
“We dodged a bullet in the top of the sixth with bases loaded and Sidney Studer pitched her way out of it,” Huggins said.
Huggins praised his team’s defense by saying there isn’t a situation that they haven’t seen: “The defense is so confident right now because of how hard the girls work in practice.”
Colonel Crawford plays Milan Edison Friday May 20 at 5 p.m. at Lexington High School