Late Inning Thriller
All was calm until the 7th inning of play between Dorman & Boiling Springs
Updated Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:35:05 CT
Shelby Griffin talking to the media after the win over Dorman
BOILING SPRINGS, South Carolina - Boiling Springs got off to a quick start Wednesday night against Dorman getting up 2-0 over the visiting Cavaliers. Call Richards got the start for the Bulldogs and the Cavaliers threatened in the 1st with good "small ball". The inning was ended on a double play and Dorman didn't get close to scoring until the 7th. Richards had a few unfortunate walks in the 7th that motioned Randy Piazza to replace her with Shelby Griffin, who finished the game for Boiling Springs. For the Cavaliers, Caroline Darwin pitched the entire game. She allowed two runs in seven innings. After she allowed the two early runs, she held great control of her pitch and didn't allow any more runs until the 7th. So the seventh inning rolled around as Boiling Springs still held on to a 2-0 lead over Dorman. Eggertt led off for the Cavaliers in the top of the 7th as Dorman needed only two to tie. Eggertt had a base hit over the head of Shelby Griffin at 1st. The tying run then came to the plate as Calli Richards began what became her last inning of play. Jana West stood at the plate after a Richard's walk and served as the go-ahead run. Two runners stood on the base path as Coach Piazza made a visit to Richards with no outs in the inning. Richards then went to strike out Jana West. Godfrey came to the plate with one out and was walked by Richards. Gracey Black who was 0-2 on the night, busted it open and Dorman went on to score 4 total. Boiling Springs had one more chance to answer in the bottom half and Reagan Bristol got to second after a sac bunt from Moriah Gomez. Natalie Hazzard came to the plate with one out and on the first pitch, blasted it over the wall in left center field. The Bulldogs were unable to get any other runs across in the 7th as Dorman was unable to scratch any across in the 8th. Shelby Griffin, who saved the game on the mound, was due up for the Bulldogs. With no outs in the innings, she took the bait on the 1-0 count and walked off over the left field fence and the Bulldogs earned the 7-4 win over Dorman.
Griffin said she had to clear her head when placed in the game with bases loaded in the 7th. "She was really trying to go high and I was trying to stay patient and stick to the pitch that I wanted and I did," Griffin said when asked about the pitch that led to her walk-off home run.
Randy Piazza stated that Dorman was attacking the ball well at the plate all night and he thought that his team was a little undisciplined at the plate to being the game but was proud of the way they stuck to it and pulled out the win.
The replay of the game can be heard on UpstatePrep-Cast.net.