TORI J. NORRIS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
McKenzie Lady Tigers hosted Greenville High School last Monday and won a close game 11-10 in seven innings.
Greenville led the game 2-0 after the second inning. Greenville scored an additional 4 runs in the top of the third, however McKenzie’s bats started cracking and they scored 8 runs in the bottom of the third making the score 6-8. The fourth and fifth innings did not produce any runs for either team. McKenzie scored another 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth and then Greenville scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh tying the game 10-10 going into the bottom of the seventh. The game was won when sophomore Kami Shufford stole home.
Senior pitcher Kaitlyn Padgett got the win, striking out 14, walking 8 and allowing 12 hits. Greenville pitcher, Olivia Foster had 5 strikeouts, allowed 7 walks and 14 hits.
Shufford batted 1-for-1 and had four walks and four stolen bases. Senior Amber Macks batted 2-for-3 with one double and one triple and 2 RBIs. Junior Lauren Pierce also had a great night at the plate batting 3-for-5 with 2 singles, a double and 2 RBIs.
“I thought the effort was solid and we stayed focused even when things weren’t going our way,” said McKenzie coach Matt Coghlan. “I was proud of the way we held on and were able to find the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.”
McKenzie hosted Luverne yesterday and the tournament they were to be in this weekend in Evergreen has been cancelled. They will return to the field next Tuesday when they host area opponent Pleasant Home.