Warren edged by Harbor Creek in 10-inning thriller
In the grand scheme of things, Tuesday’s game between Warren and Harbor Creek didn’t mean much.
Still, it’s one the Lady Dragons would have liked to win.
Kallie Forcht’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the visiting Lady Huskies to a 2-1 win on senior night for the Lady Dragons in a game that certainly had a playoff intensity.
That’s fitting, because the two teams could certainly see each other again.
“This is exactly the type of team — in fact, maybe the team — we will play in the District 10 playoffs,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “It’s obviously one we would have liked to have, but I would prefer one later on if we can get it.”
The 10th inning dramatics came on the heels of the Huskies tying the game with two outs in the seventh on a Warren miscue.
“Harbor Creek has built a pretty darn good program,” said Sitler. “Danielle (Vukovic) does a nice job teaching the little things. They won the D-10 title last year, so we want what they have.”
Both pitchers – Ellie Lobdell and Rachel Baker — were in command right from the get-go.
In fact, the only dent in the scoreboard was Kesley Stuart’s RBI groundout that brought in pinch-runner and fellow freshman Kyleigh Wilson in the fifth inning to give Warren (13-2) a 1-0 advantage
It almost held up.
Lobdell allowed just one hit through six innings, an infield single off the bat of Ashley VanHorn in the fourth.
Warren had several chances to extend the lead, but Baker was stingy.
Kiersten Hoffman reached on an error in the second and singled in the fourth, advancing to second in both instances before Baker escaped further damage.
Grace Wortman and Julia Lobdell led off with back-to-back singles in the fifth, advancing to third on Lex Nyquist’s sacrifice bunt, which led to Stuart’s RBI.
In the seventh, Rachel Sheridan led off with a walk and came around to score the all-important tying run, which ultimately sent the game to extras.
Warren had a chance to walk it off in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Sitler led off with a bunt single on a play she was originally called out on before an appeal, but was later erased on a hard-hit double play ball off the bat of Wortman.
Both teams had chances in the eighth inning.
Harbor Creek had back-to-back singles by Morgan Harayda and Forcht, but Lobdell was able to get out of that by inducing a soft lineout.
The single made a line drive by Mollie Rafferty that was snared on a strong defensive play by centerfielder Gracie Wood that much more important.
The Dragons threatened in the bottom half of the inning, with Lex Nyquist drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Stuart.
Baker got out of the inning, however, with a pair of groundouts.
“The little things mean a lot in this type of game, with a playoff-type atmosphere,” said Sitler, “but the little things are also something I’m confident we have shored up since last season’s playoffs, and since the beginning of the season. Our bats, gloves and arms will be ready.”
Warren added a game to its schedule and will now play St. Marys in its regular season finale at home today.
“Our two seniors, Ashleigh Deppen and Mariesa Clarke, were honored before the game, and both have contributed greatly to the positive direction we’ve been heading the past couple of seasons,” Sitler sadi. “I want to thank them for that.”
HARBOR CREEK (2)
Benim cf 5-0-0-0, VanHorn lf 4-0-1-0, Rafferty ss 5-0-0-0, Harayda 1b 4-1-2-0, Forcht dp 5-0-2-0, Strait cr 0-0-0-0, Sheridan 2b 2-1-0-0, Babay rf 4-0-1-0, Haight 3b 3-0-0-0, Yonko c 4-0-0-0, Baker p 0-0-0-0, Totals 36-2-6-1
Nyquist ss 3-0-1-0, Stuart rf 4-0-0-1, Chase 1b 4-0-0-0, Hoffman 3b 4-0-1-0, E. Lobdell p 4-0-1-0, Wood cf 4-0-0-0, Sitler lf 3-0-1-0, Clarke lf 0-0-0-0, Munksgard ph 1-0-0-0, Wortman c 4-0-1-0, Wilson cr 0-1-0-0, J. Lobdell 2b 4-0-2-0, Totals 35-1-7-1
Harbor Creek 000 000 100 1 – 2 6 1
Warren 000 010 000 0 – 1 7 1
2B – Harayda (H); WP – Baker; LP – E. Lobdell
Baker: 10 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Lobdell: 10 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO
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