Kelly gets payback on Notre Dame
BENTON -- Kelly's softball team experienced a bit of deja vu in Thursday's game against Notre Dame. Both teams put their aces on the mound: Kelly's Dana Essner versus Notre Dame's Lindsey Reinagel, just like on Monday.
The only difference was, this time, the game was played at Kelly. That gave the Lady Hawks last at-bats, where they pulled out the 2-1 victory in the seventh inning.
On Monday, Notre Dame defeated Kelly 2-1 in nine innings on their home field.
"This was almost like a state game, going head to head against good competition," said Kelly coach Rhonda Evans. "I almost thought we were going into extra innings. Even though we lost on Monday, we still played an excellent game. This late in the season, you want to see those kind of games."
With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Monica Senciboy connected for a triple that brought home pinch runner Ashley Rockett for the winning run.
"It was nice to get last bats today," said Evans. "The the bottom of my lineup got on base, Monica Senciboy hit a triple, and that was the game. I knew we could get these girls. We had several opportunities the whole game -- we left one or two runners on base every inning."
Senciboy gave Kelly and early 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Notre Dame's Laura Weissmueller tied the score with a run in the second frame, then after five scoreless innings, the Lady Hawks pulled through in the seventh.
Dana Essner got the complete-game win, allowing one earned run on five hits. She issued no walks and took four batters down via strikeout.
"Again, I had a tough defense behind my little pitcher," said Evans. "She threw another good game and had no walks. She did an excellent job."
Reinagel also threw well, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts in the loss. Kelly's hits came from Senciboy and Kelly Essner. For Notre Dame, Stacey Schwartz was 2-for-3. Other hits came from Alania Weissmueller, Laura Weissmueller and Reinagel.
Kelly (14-4) will host Dongola on Friday at 4 p.m., then will host Jackson on Monday in the final game of the regular season.