Kylie McCown stroked a one-out base hit to right field that brought Raven Ramirez in to score the winning run from third base in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Jacksonville a dramatic 2-1 win over Marshall on Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville.
The Maidens (13-2-1, 4-0 in District 16-5A) trailed 1-0 going into the final frame. Jacksonville's rally started when Sierra Mosley jacked a one-out solo home run over the fence in right field to tie the game for the Maidens.
“I was looking for an outside curve ball because that was the pitch that she (Marshall pitcher Adriana Vences) had been getting us out with,” Mosley said. “My approach was to just be patient up there and wait for her to throw me that pitch, and when she did I was able to get a hold of it.”
The round tripper was Mosley's third of the season.
Things were just beginning to heat up for the Maidens with Mosley's blast, however.
Ramirez, Jacksonville's No. 9 hitter, kept the rally going for her team by belting a triple into right field.
That set the table for McCown's late heroics.
McCown, a sophomore, is in her second season as the starting catcher on varsity. She said having a year of varsity experience under her belt and having played a lot of travel softball served to calm her down in the pressure-packed situation.
“With a runner at third and just one out, I knew all I had to really do was put the ball in play for us to be able to score,” she said. “It felt good to be able to get the hit that drove in the winning run.
“I am playing much more relaxed this year because of getting varsity experience last season.”
Marshall (12-10, 2-2) got on the board first when Maggie Truelove lofted a triple to lead off the fourth segment that sailed over Mosley's head in deep right field.
She was able to score on an infield groundout off the bat of Chloe Buchanan later in the inning.
Saylor Williams got the win in the circle for Jacksonville, tossing her second two-hitter in the past six days.
She walked two and struck out 14, including the side in the second and third innings.
“Saylor and I have been playing together for about eight years,” McCown, explained after the game. “We worked on some thing during the summer and she (Williams) is really in a groove now.”
Williams has earned three district wins in the past six days.
“She pitched a heck of a game,” Jacksonville head softball coach Brittney Batten said. “To only allow two hits to a team like Marshall is really something.”
Vences went the distance for the Lady Mavs and gave up one earned run, struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter.
Jordyn Whitaker went 2-2 at the plate for the Maidens, highlighted by a double, with Jacey Hicks stroking Jacksonville's remaining hit.
On Tuesday the Maidens will travel to Whitehouse for their first conference road game.