Down to last out, Brookstone rallies in Game 2 to finish sweep of Calvary Day

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerOctober 23, 2013 

Brookstone won the opener 9-1 but trailed Calvary Day 2-0 with two outs in the seventh inning of Game 2 before rallying for the sweep with a 5-3 extra-inning victory.

Isabel McCluskey started the Game 2 rally by reaching on an infield single. McCluskey stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Helen Snavely coaxed a walk out of starting pitcher Catie Thomas. The Cavaliers elected to intentionally walk Elle Turner for the second time of the game following her 3 RBIs in the first game.

The strategy backfied as Graysen Sanders and Kaylynn Church each walked, driving in the tying runs.

When Thomas went to a 2-0 count on Ashley Bush, Calvary Day coach Sherry Griffin removed Thomas for Game 1 starter Jessica Ginn, who got Bush to strike out on three straight pitches.

"The second girl did a much better job," Brookstone coach Nate McConnell said. "She threw this little floater in there and she could throw it any time she wanted. We tried to do too much with it. We've just got to stay up the middle. Hitting is a game of adjustments. The first team to make the adjustments is going to win the game. Luckily, we made the adjustments later on."

Snavely worked around a throwing error on McCluskey in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

In extra innings the batter who made the last out of the previous inning is placed at second base. With Bush at second base, Kali Sptizmiller sacrificed her to third. Taylor Roos walked and was replaced by courtesy runner Marty Laughbaum.

With two outs McCluskey singled to drive in Bush for a 3-2 lead. Laughbaum and McCluskey moved to third and second on the throw home. Snavley then singled to left field driving in Laughbaum and McCluskey for 5-2 lead.

Calvary Day started with Miranda Arrington on second in the bottom of the inning. With one out Sydney Wilson's ground ball went under the glove of Sanders. Wilson went all the way to second putting runners at second and third with one out.

Ansley Brown drove in Arrington with a ground out to Sanders for the second out. Ginn's ground ball hit Snavely's glove and kicked to third where Church threw to first for the final out sending Brookstone to the Elite 8 at South Commons next Thursday.

"I think the little break and we got ahead of ourselves," Snavely said was the difference in the two games. "We decided how much we wanted it and we won."

In Game 1, Snavely threw a one-hitter, giving up a single to Wilson in the top of the sixth.

The Cougars' first four batters scored when Caroline Sparks reached on an error, McCluskey singled and Snavely walked to liad the bases. Turner singled to drive in Sparks and Sanders singled to drive in McCluskey. Church and Bush drove in runs with ground outs for a 4-1 first inning lead.

Wednesday at Brookstone

Game 1

Calvary Day 100 000--1 1 3

Brookstone 430 011--9 11 2

WP- Helen Snavely LP- Jessica Ginn. Leading hitters- Calvary Day- Sydney Wilson 1-3. Brookstone- Isabel McCluskey 3-4, 3 Runs, Snavely 2-3, Run, Elle Turner 2-4, 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, Graysen Sanders 2-3, Run, 2 RBI. Records Calvary Day 16-14, Brookstone 22-6

Game 2

Brookstone 000 000 23--5 7 1

Calvary Day 110 000 01--3 4 3

WP- Helen Snavely LP- Jessica Ginn. Leading hitters- Brookstone- McCluskey 2-5, RBI, 2 Runs. Snavely 1-3, 2 RBI, Run, Kaylynn Church 2-3, RBI. Calvary DayAnsley Brown 2-4, RBI, Ashlea Shoop 1-3 RBI. Records. Brookstone 23-6. Calvary Day 16-15.

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