Lady Indians walk it off with comeback victory
A walk-off single gave the Elsberry Lady Indians the 5-4 victory over Lutheran St. Charles to open the 2019 season on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The game was tied at four with Elsberry batting in the bottom of the seventh when Kylie Kinsler singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
After being down 3-1 early, the Lady Indians clawed their way back into the game tying it at 3-3 in the fourth inning.
In the fifth inning, Lutheran St. Charles recaptured the lead on a solo homerun by Molly Clift.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Elsberry had everything ready to tie the game, but a close call at first base ended the inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Cougars threatened more runs, but good pitching and fielding eliminated that threat.
The Lady Indians responded with some small ball in the bottom of the seventh evening the game back up 4-4.
With Tyneshia Henderson on third, Emma Pflasterer on second Kinsler stepped to the plate and laid down a perfect bunt between third and short. With the throw to first not in time, Henderson crossed the plate to give Elsberry the come-from-behind victory.
Kinsler earned the victory on the rubber for Elsberry as she went seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out five.
Clift took the loss for Lutheran St. Charles. She went six and a third innings, allowing five runs on three hits, striking out seven and walking one.
Tyra Henderson, Tyneshia Henderson, and Kinsler all had one hit to lead the Lady Indians.
Clift went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Lutheran St. Charles in hits.
“It was a very exciting game; a lot of back and forth between the two teams,” said Head Coach Levi Jacyna. “The girls never gave up. Many calls didn’t go our way. It happens. But they never hung their heads. They kept scratching and clawing back into the game. Very proud of them for doing so.”
Wright City bats hot in 11-6 victory
Going into their second game of the season the Elsberry High School softball team had high hopes of continuing their winning streak when they played the Wright City Lady Wildcats, but after an offensive explosion in the first inning by the visitors, the Lady Indians couldn’t catch up.
The Lady Wildcats jumped on top quickly scoring four runs in the top of the first and never looked back taking an 11-6 victory over the hosting Lady Indians.
The Lady Indians did stir up some offense in the third inning, scoring three runs. The big inning was due to the triple by Kylie Kinsler. Elsberry tallied single runs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings, ending with eight total hits in the game. Multi hit players were: Morgan Jones, Bella Mauzy, and Kelsey Pflasterer who all had two each.
Kinsler took the loss for Elsberry giving up 11 runs on 14 hits over seven innings and striking out one.
All players on the team were able to get playing time because some JV innings were played. Wright City also took that win 12-0.
The JV Lady Indians recorded a victory in the season opener against Lutheran. Addyson Steele was on the mound.