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Wildcatz finish perfect season
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After Walker’s Wildcatz swept through the regular season undefeated, it seemed like a foregone conclusion the team would take the tournament title with ease as well.
McCormack’s wasn’t going to hand over the championship without a fight though. With Hope Mullican locked in a pitcher’s duel with Livia Walker, McCormack’s stayed close until the final inning.
Three runs in the top of the sixth, aided by a triple by Skylar Youngblood, helped Walker’s hoist the championship trophy following a 4-1 win in the tournament finals.
The game entered the final inning knotted at 1-1, but Youngblood changed the game with one swing. With Abby Clark on base following a walk, Youngblood smashed a shot to the fence.
McCormack’s, which played with only one outfielder due to having seven players, could never recover as Youngblood put her team ahead for good.
Youngblood would later score on a passed ball and Walker would add some insurance by drawing a walk and scoring her team’s fourth run on a wild pitch.
Walker toed the rubber in the bottom of the sixth knowing three more outs would secure a perfect season for the Wildcatz.
Facing the heart of the McCormack’s order, Walker forced a groundout back to the circle for the first out. Walker proceeded to do the rest on her own as she struck out the final two batters.
The pair of K’s in the final inning brought Walker’s total to 13 for the game as she and Youngblood were the driving force behind the Wildcatz winning the championship Tuesday night at Hoover and Millraney Field.
McCormack’s drew first blood in the championship game as McKensie Wood scored in the second inning after a lead-off single.
Youngblood tied the game at one in the fourth inning when she singled to begin the inning and scored later on a passed ball.
Neither team could keep runners on base for long as Walker and Mullican racked up strikeouts in the championship.
Mullican struck out 12 and allowed four hits in a losing effort for McCormack’s. Walker finished the season with a two-hitter in the championship.
Youngblood had three of the four hits for Walker’s. Kionna Smith had the fourth hit, a lead-off single in the fifth inning.
Mullican and Wood finished with the only hits for McCormack’s.