Kayla Molden ripped an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Bremen past Prairie Heights, 7-6 in a dramatic semifinal contest at the Westview softball sectional Tuesday evening.
Molden’s safety drove in Chelsea Huppert from third base and capped a four-run rally in the 10th which began with Brooke Fitch bashing a triple. Three walks and two wild pitches brought in the tying runs and set up Molden for her game-winning clout.
Prairie Heights, which scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra frames, took a 6-3 lead with three markers in the top of the 10th. Taryn Neff reached on an error, then scored on a double by Taylor Combs.
Brennica Smith singled home pinch-runner Madison Blum with the second run of the inning. Smith then crossed the plate on a double off the bat of Jordan Engel-Walworth.
Kayla Feeney’s two-out, three-run double plated the tying runs for the Lady Panthers in the seventh. Britanie Jernigan, Samantha Fish and Engel-Walworth scored on the play.
Bremen scored in the first on a single by Brooke Baker and two more times in the third on a single by Megan Stouder and a passed ball.
Huppert pitched all 10 frames for the Lady Lions, giving up 10 hits, walking three and striking out five. Shawna Carbone, who relieved starter Taryn Neff in the third and held Bremen scoreless for the next six frames, suffered the loss.
Prairie Heights closes the campaign with an 11-15 record.
Bremen, now 22-3, will meet Marshall County rival LaVille in the sectional championship game Thursday evening in Emma. The Lady Lancers got past Fremont, 13-11 in eight innings in Tuesday’s second semifinal.
In Monday’s first round, Prairie Heights cruised past Westview, 12-1 and Bremen laced Central Noble, 9-3.
The Lady Panthers tallied three runs in both the first and second innings to open up a 6-1 cushion. Feeney drove in three of the markers with a single and a double, part of a 4-4, five-RBI night for the senior shortstop that also included a two-run homer in the fourth frame.
Carbone smacked a double and a single, plating three runs altogether. Neff socked a two-run single, Smith ripped a triple, Rebekah Frey laced two singles and Engel-Walworth had a hit.
Michelle Mowery scored the lone Westview run in the first inning on a single by Amber Roth. Brooke Wigner would have the only other Lady Warrior hit off of winning hurler Carbone, who fanned eight and walked two.
The loss ended Westview’s season with a 7-17 mark.