NEBRASKA CITY – Members of the Crush 18-and-under softball team enjoyed a walk-off moment Thursday night in a victory over Palmyra.
The team completed a major comeback in its final plate appearance to defeat the Panthers 7-6. The Crush tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win. The squad posted the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk.
Members of this summer’s Crush 18u team are from both Louisville and Weeping Water. They joined players from both Palmyra and Nebraska City in a Southeast Nebraska Girls Fast Pitch Softball League triangular.
The Crush jumped ahead in the bottom of the second. Jordan Winkler drew a one-out walk and ran to third on Chrystal Meyer’s double to right field. Winkler then raced home on a RBI groundout by Becca Adams.
Palmyra used a variety of short and long hits over the next three innings to take a 5-1 lead. The team scored a pair of runs on two hits and one error in the fourth inning. Palmyra then reeled off three runs in the next frame. The squad generated three straight hits with one out and added runs on a groundout and error.
The Crush moved closer to Palmyra on the scoreboard in the fifth. Adams reached base on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on an error and walk. She slid safely across home plate on a wild pitch.
The team tied the game in dramatic fashion in the seventh. Meagan Mackling blasted a leadoff double to left and Winkler followed her with a walk. Mackling ran to third on a wild pitch and scored when Palmyra committed an error on Meyer’s infield grounder.
Winkler and Meyer then made the most of their spots in scoring position. Winkler sprinted home from third on a wild pitch. Palmyra then made an error on the throw back to home plate to try to get Winkler out. The throw soared into an empty spot of the infield. Meyer noticed the situation and ran home to knot things at 5-5.
Both teams began the eighth inning with runners at second base due to international tiebreaking rules. Palmyra scored once in its half of the inning on a grounder to second base and a well-placed bunt.
The Crush soon tied the game at 6-6 after two consecutive wild pitches. Juliette Andrews was struck by a pitch, Erin Stohlmann walked and Grace Cave singled to load the bases. Winkler then worked the count to 3-2 in her plate appearance. She collected a walk-off walk when the next pitch was outside the strike zone.
Mackling, Cave, Winkler and Meyer collected the Crush’s four hits. Meyer tossed all eight innings in the circle. She generated seven strikeouts and scattered 11 hits.
Palmyra 000 230 01 – 6 11 3
Crush 010 010 32 – 7 4 4
Nebraska City 11, Crush 0
Nebraska City won the first game of the triangular in shutout fashion. The Pioneers posted 11 runs in the first two innings and ended action with three runs in the third.
The Crush are scheduled to resume the season June 14 at Ash Grove Ball Complex in Louisville. The team will host Falls City at 6 p.m. and Lincoln Chaos at 9 p.m.