Liners 05 right fielder Erika Pollard slides under the tag of Liners 04 first baseman Lindsey Wakefield during a pickoff attempt. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster under-14 Liners 04 needed three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to foil a determined effort by the Liners 05.
The Liners 04 came back to best their friends 8-7 in an all-Lloydminster contest at Legion Ball Park on Saturday evening.
Third baseman Tobi Topp scored the winning run on a dash home from third that just beat an incoming throw from second baseman Lylee Orr following a Bree Brassard hit up the middle.
“I got an opportunity,” said Topp. “My coach was yelling at me to make the play, so I decided that I should try.”
The Liners 05 controlled the game during its early stages thanks to an outstanding performance on the mound by Orr coupled with a stifling infield defence.
Before Orr moved over to second base in the bottom of the fifth inning the Liners 05 limited their peers to only five runners and one score courtesy of Topp.
The younger Liners’ bats matched the performance by their defence through those first four innings.
Rose Rusteika, Lara McEachern and Orr notched an RBI on the team’s first three markers with the latter crossing the plate for another run with a steal of third followed by an errant throw to the bag that allowed her to march home for the 4-1 lead.
“It was really good,” said Liners 05 second baseman and relief pitcher Sarah Minish.
“We had a lot of good plays, a lot of good pitching, and our bats were definitely on this game.”
Brassard got the Liners 04 to within two runs by running home on a pitch to the backstop in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Shortstop Hilary Rhinehart made it a one-run game with a drive to centre field that scored Breanna Tremblay in the sixth.
Teanna Anderson put her team ahead 5-4 shortly afterwards on a triple that plated Brassard and Rhinehart. The Liners 05 battled back in the top of the seventh inning with Jayva Andersen beating a throw home off a short Haley Payne hit to tie the game.
McEachern then put her team up 7-5 on a smash to right field that scored Payne and Minish.
Topp and Brenna Mayo notched two quick RBIs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game before the former crossed home plate for the winning run.
“It was really stressful,” said Anderson, who played left field and recorded the win as the Liners 04 relief pitcher.
“But, it was a really fun game to be a part of. We’re all friends and there are really no hurt feelings.”