Huron and Skyline softball opened SEC league play on Monday afternoon and the game featured some big-time highlights on both sides of the ball. There were diving catches, close plays at the plate and a tied game after four innings between crosstown rivals.
In other words, everything you would expect in a game like this with two solid teams on the field.
When the dust had cleared, Huron walked off with an 11-8 win over the visiting Eagles. But there was plenty of excitement in the “dust.”
The Eagles broke a 5-5 tie in the fifth on Amila Greco’s RBI single, scoring Grace Yeung, who had singled earlier in the inning. But the lead was short-lived.
In the bottom of the fifth, a single by Grace Kent tied the game at 6-6. And an RBI by Lexi Specht scored Karli Messer to give the River Rats a 7-6 lead.
Two big defensive plays in the top of the sixth kept the River Rats in the lead. Messer’s throw from just off the infield dirt to the plate gunned down Skyline’s Madie Czajka after Huron had picked off a runner at third base during a steal attempt. An inning that started with back-to-back singles off the bats of Madison Westhaven and Czajka ended with no runs for the visitors.
Huron broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning.
Shelby Harris drove in a run and then Huron scored on a pass ball to make it 9-6. Kara Wilson and Kent also drove in runs to push the lead to 11-6.
The Eagles didn’t go quietly into the night. A two-run triple by Greco over the centerfielder’s head scored Yeung and Nyeli Kratz who had both singled to lead off the inning.
But Kent eventually locked down the final three outs to pick up the win in the circle for the home team. Skyline’s Mayah Alam pitched well for the Eagles but took the loss.
Skyline took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when the Eagles loaded the bases before Kratz was hit by a pitch. A great catch in centerfield by Huron’s Kara Wilson helped prevent Skyline from scoring any more runs in the opening frame. Wilson grabbed a line shot off the bat of Kellen Black and was able to double up the runner at second to end the inning.
Huron scored three runs in the bottom of the first but it could have been even more. An RBI by Mika Higah tied the game at 1-1. Yeung, playing left field, made a spectacular catch on a rocket off the bat of Harris. Despite the great grab, the River Rats scored when Kent tagged from third.
Huron took a 3-1 lead on a wild pitch.
Skyline came right back with four runs in the top of the second.
After Shiek drove in a run, Skyline scored two more runs after a couple of Huron miscues in the infield to take a 4-3 lead. An RBI single by Yeung made it 5-3.
An infield hit by Huron’s Higah cut the score to 5-4 after two.
Specht tied the game at 5-5 with her RBI in the bottom of the third.