Run in bottom of 7th
the difference as BNL
wins 6-5 to stay perfect
By Justin Sokeland
Tension, for the first time this season, found a foothold in the Bedford North Lawrence dugout late Saturday night.
A close game, a lead twice wasted, and a walk-off win. Those were new to the BNL agenda, especially for a team that had scored 38 runs in the first four games. Victory was still the outcome.
BNL pinch-runner Marissa Watson scampered home with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping a crazy finale to the BNL Invitational with a 6-5 win over Edgewood. BNL improved to 5-0 but had to grind and get a little dirty to overcome its mistakes.
The last miscue was Edgewood’s. Watson, running for Mackenzie Silvers after the BNL slugger had drawn a one-one walk, went around the horn on wild pitches, and she was tagged up and poised to test the arm of Edgewood right-fielder Jordan Howell when Cassidy Morron lofted a shallow fly ball. But Howell dropped the ball, and Watson made it home without incident.
“The good news is tonight we showed we could play poorly, play a good team, and still win,” BNL coach Brad Gilbert said. “We made a lot of mistakes.”
Most of the BNL problems came in the top of the fifth, when the Mustangs (0-3) struck for four runs – all with two outs – against Silvers to erase BNL’s 3-0 advantage. Steffi Farkas crunched a double to center to plate the first run, and Sydney Brinegar followed with a fast-sinking liner that popped off the glove of diving BNL right-fielder Karissa Salm, allowing two runs to score.