May 10th, 2018

Young's walk-off single gives Cougars the win

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Young's walk-off single gives Cougars the win
Holy Cross' Bella Velez throws a pitch / photo by Conor Revell

Holy Cross struggled to adjust to Marion County pitcher Hannah Hamilton, but worked their way through, and found a way to win.

Dakota Young saved the day when her game-winning walk-off single scored Nevaeh Gupton and gave the 10th-ranked Cougars a 2-1 nine-inning victory over visiting Marion County.

“Their pitcher did a good job of staying ahead in the count and moved the ball around,” Tony Young said. “We did not do a very good job of adjusting to their pitching tonight. We just didn’t make enough adjustments. She pitched a nice game for them, but I think we could have handled her a lot better than that.”

Bella Velez singled and Gupton replaced her as a courtesy runner and stole second.

“That single I was looking for the outside pitch,” Velez said. “She had been throwing it all-night. I looked for the first one and it was outside and fouled it off. I was looking for my pitch and fouled hers off and then drove mine.”

Gupton scored on Dakota Young’s base hit to right-center field.

“The game was tied and we had a runner on,” Dakota Young said. “We needed to score. She had been pitching us out all-night long and Coach Young (her dad) was telling us how she was pitching outside. I hadn’t been doing that great and not letting the pitch get inside – and he was like let the ball get in – and I went with it.”

The Knights (16-5) went up 1-0 in the first inning. Abby Scott tripled to start the game and Cassidy Logsdon followed with a walk.

Logsdon then stole second and Holy Cross catcher Shalon O’Bryan threw the ball to second and Scott scored from third on the throw.

“I started hitting the outside more with my pitches,” Holy Cross starting pitcher Carson Goatley said. “I realized that they got their hits off inside pitches. After that I started adjusting and started throwing my curve and we shut them down after that.”

The Cougars (23-7) answered back in the second. Kadi Weaver singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball.

The closest anybody got to taking a lead was when Holy Cross’ Maddi Gailor doubled and moved to third on a passed ball. She attempted to go home on a wild pitch, but was thrown out at the plate.

“I would have rather played seven innings than tonight, we have three tough games this weekend, and we had a chance to win this thing with a runner on third and nobody out,” Tony Young said. “Maddi ill-advisedly took off to the plate on a play that wasn’t even close. She would have scored based on what happened with our next three batters. The ball was put in play.

“Maddi did a great job getting a hustle double and moved to third on the passed ball. She did spectacular. The ball bounced in the dirt, but at the end of the day you have to do a better job of analyzing your chances in that situation.”

Goatley threw 4 and 1/3 innings and allowed one run, three hits, struck out nine, and walked one.

“My defense did pretty good,” Goatley said. “”They’ve been keeping me up, staying talking, if we make an error, we keep each other up, and don’t get an attitude and stay down.”

Bella Velez tossed the next 4 and 2/3 innings and gave up no runs, two hits, struck out three and walked none.

“I was throwing a mix, but mainly my fastball and curve to keep them off balance,” Velez said.

Emma Sullivan led the Knights with two hits. Alice Farmer, Amber Farris, and Scott each had one hit.

“Our pitchers did a good job of hitting their spots and getting ahead in the count,” Tony Young said. “Our defense was good for the most part. The leadoff triple is the only the reason they got a run. At that point there is nothing you can do; they’re scoring a run there.”

Hamilton threw a complete game and allowed two runs, seven hits, struck out five, and walked none.

“I think we need to listen to Coach Young a little bit more,” Dakota Young said. “Coach was telling us from the beginning that she’s throwing outside, outside, and we need to do a better job of making the adjustment.”

Dakota Young, Velez, and Weaver led Holy Cross with two hits apiece. Gailor had one hit. 

 

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