Milwaukie takes a 4-3 lead over Centennial on an infield hit before winning on a forfeit
No one expected a fourth-inning bouncer in the dirt to be the final play of the day, but indeed it was, sending Milwaukies softball team to its first win of the season 4-3 over Centennial on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.
Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the fourth, the Mustangs put together a comeback threat when Mandelyn Hill connected for a lead-off single and Courtney Cox drew a walk.
The Mustangs Lydia Daschel-Lloyd sent her teammates in motion with a hopper past the pitchers circle.
Within 10 seconds the game would be over.
Hill easily beat a throw to the plate for the tying run, while Daschel-Lloyd caught Centennials attention by turning for second base. The risk paid off when a distracted defense lost track of Cox, who sprinted around third and headed for the plate.
While Cox was charging in for the go-ahead run, Daschel-Lloyd collided with Centennial shortstop C.J. Fitzgerald a few strides short of second base. Fitzgerald made the tag and words were exchanged after the play.
The umpire ejected Fitzgerald.
With an injured player already inactive, the Eagles did not have anyone to take her place on the field and were forced to forfeit, officially giving Milwaukie a 7-0 win.
I dont like the outcome, but I dont disagree with how it was handled, Centennial coach Steve Baker said. Its just unfortunate.
Had an injury left the Eagles shorthanded, they would have been able to continue the game a player short. But that is not an option when a player is lost due to an ejection.
The win marked the first of the season for the Mustangs (1-6), who open the NWOC schedule Tuesday, April 15, at Wilsonville.
We were down two players ourselves today, but some new girls stepped up and everyone contributed to the win, Milwaukie coach Tracy Waage said. The girls came back and fought for it. Every time Centennial scored, we answered.
Centennial struck first in the second inning when Caitlin Gaylord reached on a fielders choice and stole her way around to third base. From there, she exploded off the bag the moment the ball left the pitchers hand and sprinted home easily when a wild pitch bounced to the backstop.
Milwaukie moved ahead in the bottom of the second when Cox and Daschel-Lloyd drew back-to-back walks and came home on a double into the right-field gap by Alexis Waller.
Centennial tied the game in the fourth on a solo homer by Caitlin Warner and moved ahead several batters later on Karley Bucklands RBI-single through the middle.
Daschel-Lloyd retired the Eagles in order in the first inning and only an error prevented her from doing the same in the third.
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