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Locust Street wins with walk-off
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Sera Reyes found all eyes focused on her when she strolled into the batter’s box Thursday night at the Warren County Fairgrounds fields. Locust Street was hoping to complete a comeback in the final inning as it trailed Pioneer 11-10 with the bases loaded when Reyes ground her cleats in the dirt and choked up on the bat.
Reyes shot a single through the middle, giving Candace Moore and Erica Hernandez enough time to sprint home and score the winning runs as Locust Street walked away with a 12-11 victory in women’s Church League action.
Locust Street went into the final frame trailing 11-9, but a lead-off walk to Brittany Bates and singles by Moore and Hernandez loaded the bases with one out. Camerie Martin drew Locust Street within one with a single, setting the stage for Reyes to be the hero.
Reyes’ game-winning single was one of four hits for her during the contest. Hernandez, Martin and Dara Johnson also had four hits for Locust Street.
Pioneer built an early 8-2 lead, fueled by a six-run second inning that featured two RBI singles by Samantha Howard, but the advantage dwindled as the game went along.
Haley Muncey tried to provide an insurance run when she brought around Allison Cutrell with a single in the sixth inning to make it 11-9, but Locust Street used its final at-bat to take the game.
Amy Martin finished with four hits to lead Pioneer, followed by Debbie Hartl, Lauren Roller, Breanna Foster, Elizabeth Little and Howard with three hits each.
In the second women’s Church League game Thursday, Cornerstone beat Covenant 22-12 in five innings.
Cornerstone took a lead in the first inning it would never relinquish as the team plated six runs in the first and seven more in the second en route to run-ruling Covenant.
Shea Panter hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the first inning to get Cornerstone started quickly. Keely Jacobs added a two-run double in the second inning to cap another big surge that put Cornerstone ahead 13-4 after two innings.
Samantha Weeter highlighted a six-run third inning for Covenant with a two-run double that helped the team lead 19-6 after three innings.
Covenant made a charge in the fourth when the team scored five runs to trim the deficit to single digits. Bailey Walker drove in two with a double while Lauren Zechman, Veronica Stepian and Autumn Hargis added RBI singles.
Cornerstone went scoreless in the fourth, cracking the door open for Covenant to cut more into the lead. Instead, Covenant responded with just one run as Kenya Steakley tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Tenara Martin.
Cornerstone went into the bottom of the fifth needing three runs to end the game and Leanne Holt made sure they would get it. After Debbie Morgan and Shana Watson drove in runs with singles, Holt ended the game with an RBI single of her own.
Panter led Cornerstone with five hits while Jacobs and Weeter finished with four hits apiece.  Walker, Steakley and Martin had three hits each for Covenant.
Church League action will continue Tuesday night with a slate of six games at Warren County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:30 p.m.