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Eagles go from tears to cheers

Shelby Lundquist-Adams sprints home from first base for the winning run in the eighth
by: David Ball, Centennial's Jessica Johnson takes a swing during the Eagles 6-5 comeback win over Tigard in the first round.

WEST LINN - Darkness was settling in and Centennial's season was about to turn from a carriage into a pumpkin. Tigard's No. 9 hitter Michelle Simmons had just sent a three-run blast over the double-decker fence in left field, giving the Tigers a quick 5-0 lead in the second inning. While she trotted around the bases, several of Centennial's players could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.

'I thought it was over. I was crying at first base,' Centennial infielder Shelby Lundquist-Adams said.

But the Eagles regained their composure, and their defense didn't allow a Tigard runner past first base over the next four innings.

With the defense in place, the Eagles were able to chip away at the lead, crawling to within 5-2 in the fourth inning when Anna Meader sent a shot down the right-field line. She rounded first base hard and offered up a distraction that allowed teammate Natasha King to sprint home from third.

'The key was not to make a big deal out of it, not to feel the pressure to get five runs back all at once,' Centennial coach Steve Baker said. 'Once we got that first run or two, you could see the momentum shift.'

Look for extended coverage in the May 26 edition of The Outlook.




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