White Knoll scores 5 in last at-bat to stun Lady Wildcats
April Farr has seen this movie play out before from start to finish.
Her White Knoll softball team fell behind four runs through the first four innings March 12. Just when the Lady Timberwolves appeared headed to their first region loss in two years, they snatched victory away from the Lady Wildcats’ grasp by ending the game with seven unanswered runs.
It was deja vu Friday night in Lexington. White Knoll trailed by four runs and were down to the final out.
This time, the Lady Timberwolves proceeded to score five runs in the Top seventh to pull off a stunning 8-7 win over the Lady Wildcats.
“I’m kind of lost for words right now,” said an equally stunned Farr afterwards. “But, that’s what our team has had for the past couple of years, it’s just all heart and they just never gave up and they kept themselves in the game.”
Catcher Lexi Winters’ three-run blast capped a chaotic comeback which kept the Lady Timberwolves (11-0, 5-0) undefeated and extended their winning streaks to 16 straight overall and 28 in a row in region play. The win also made winning pitcher Andrea Lyon the school career leader in victories with 82.
Lexington was riding high early after taking a 4-1 lead in the bottom third on a three-run homer by Sarah Gordon. A solo shot in the fourth by Andrea Causey to nearly the same spot over the leftfield wall as Gordon did extended the lead to 5-1.
Hannah Goodwin answered back for White Knoll in the top fifth. With Briannah Workman on second following a double, Goodwin homered over the centerfield wall to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Lady Wildcats appeared to pick up insurance in the bottom sixth on Saige Stanley’s two-run single to put them ahead 7-3. Lexington gave up a single to Libby Williams in between two outs and had a 3-2 count on Goodwin before issuing a walk.
Down to a final strike, Lyon belted a RBI single that scored Williams and advanced Goodwin to third. Once again, a Lady Timberwolve was down to a final strike.
But Shelby Davies’ infield pop fly eluded the reach of the Lady Wildcats’ first baseman and allowed Goodwin to reach home and make it 7-5.
“Things happen in crazy ways and it comes back around to you,” Farr said. “We did the same thing, kind of watch a flyball drop right over there at third base (which set up Lexington’s first run in the first inning) and it kind of gave them a lift. Small things can happen. If you don’t do the little things right, that’s when you make them pay and that’s just what they did. They gave us life and we made them pay for it. It’s unfortunate it happened that way, but it’s fortunate for us.”
This set the stage for Winters to put the Lady Timberwolves ahead.
Facing a 1-1 count, she connected on Light’s pitch and sent her bench into delirium as he sailed over the leftfield wall.
“I was thinking doing damage,” she said. “It allows me to get clear in my head. It allows me to put all of my power into the ball and just take everything I have into it.”
Lexington did not go quietly. Gordon hit a one-out single to leftfield and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Lyon was able to end the game after snatching Gordon’s line drive in air back to the pitcher’s mound to end the game.
“It’s tough to come off a state championship because you’ve got a target on you the whole time,” Farr said. “They (Lexington) have given us a fight for our life for two ballgames because we do have that target. But, they’re feeding that momentum from last year. They’re picking up from where we lost people and they fight. They fight to the end.”