The late-inning magic continues for the Madras softball team.
Twice the White Buffalos won Intermountain Conference games by scoring the tying run in the seventh and winning later. Madras won at Mountain View (on Tuesday, April 10) and then the first game of a rain-delayed doubleheader against Hermiston to stay in the middle of the IMC playoff race.
The visiting Bulldogs gained a split to hand Madras just its second IMC loss. A five-game road trek looms for the Buffs.
It starts with a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader at The Dalles. A one-game trip to Crook County follows Tuesday, April 24. Then Madras is off to Pendleton for a Saturday, April 28 doubleheader.
Madras 5-1, Hermiston 4-7: With two outs in the 10th inning, Hansina Martin had just one thought.
"I'm not going to be the third out," the sophomore outfielder said.
She wasn't, drilling a game-ending single to score Sarah Leutwiler who started the inning on second in the tiebreaker format. That has the person recording the last out starting at second base in the 10th inning. Leutwiler moved up to third on Destry Begay's single to set up the big hit.
"It helped that I'd been in that kind of situation before," said Martin, recalling earlier rallies. "We have confidence since we've done it before."
As in wins against Crook County and Mountain View. Leutwiler singled and later scored on an infield error in the sixth. Another error allowed Shirelle Adams to score the tying run in the eighth.
"These rallies are great, but they're also hard on a coach," Buff coach Shawna McConnell said. "In the sixth and seventh, give Sarah and Shirelle a lot of credit for their base running."
The Buffs had to overcome a 4-1 lead thanks to a four-run fifth.
Madras 7, Mountain View 6: The late-rally formula worked in for a road win in Bend.
Madras scored four runs in the seventh for a 6-all tie. Then Sarah Leutwiler scored the winning run in the ninth.
It was similar to the IMC opener against Crook County (March 20) when the Buffs had a game-tying rally in the seventh and beat the Cowgirls in the eighth.
Last week, Hansina Martin blasted a home run to key the seventh-inning rally. Two innings later, Leutwiler drilled a lead-off triple, her third hit of the game. The junior shortstop then scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Madras pounded out 12 hits with two each by Holly Martin, Alysha Urbach and Whitley Ruiz.