Stolz’s walk-off lifts MacArthur
On senior night for MacArthur, it was a junior who stepped up with the biggest hit of the night.
Down 7-6 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Sydnee Stolz tripled to right field and an errant throw to third base allowed Stolz to race home to give Mac the 8-7 walk-off win over 4A No. 10 Cache.
Mac entered the bottom of the seventh trailing, 7-4. Kassidy Kephart walked to lead off the inning and came around to score when the next batter, Brooke Pollard, reached on an error.
Kameron Fisher singled with one out and then stole second base to get into scoring position. After Leighton Reed grounded out, Taelor Martin singled with two outs to bring home Fisher. The hit from Martin set the stage for Stolz.
"When Taelor was up to bat, I was hoping she'd get a hit because I was ready to get up there and hit," Stolz said. "After she got Kam in, I was like, it's for real now, we've got this. First pitch, I was just ready, just hit it and run for my life. I was running until Coach was making me stop."
The Highlanders had their opportunities throughout the game while Cache pitcher Meghan Harrison was able to get out of a bases loaded jam in two innings.
"The whole thing is, we had runners on base every inning," Mac head coach Dusty Ketner said. "It was bases loaded most times and they were working out of jams. I give them credit, 100 percent. We just had to come through and that last inning, we came through. We had Kameron get on and she stole second base and that was big and then we just had clutch hits when needed."
Mac came through with the hits when it needed them but was also helped largely by Cache's eight errors to get in position for the win.
"I'm still trying to soak it in," Cache head coach Casey Clark said. "We had them where we wanted. We had the lead there in the seventh and couldn't hold it down. That's just part of the game, I guess. Normally we play pretty clean defense. We just didn't tighten up there in the seventh."