In their first game against Dawson-Boyd Tuesday night, the Lancers took the lead with one run in the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning, pitcher Hailey Cobb struck out one batter. 2nd base Anne Clarke caught a ball. A runner stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored on an error.
In the top of the third, Chelsey Niemeyer got on from a wild pitch. Yansi Flores got beaned. Both runners advanced from stealing. The pitcher then made an illegal move bringing the glove and ball together twice in a pitching sequence, the umpire called it, and told the runner on third to advance, scoring a run. Cassie Weir got hurt sliding into home from hitting her head. Cherish Hammer took over as catcher.
In the bottom of third, the Sting were down 1-2. Megan Nordaune got a ground ball near 3rd and threw the batter out. A runner stole third, and an error let her steal home. Sting down 1-3. The next batter walked, and then Kaitlyn Mortenson, shortstop, caught the third out. Mortenson was up to bat first and hit a double, and then stole third as Anne Clarke hit quite a few foul balls. She eventually walked. Emily Johnson's hit was caught.
In the bottom of the 4th, Nordaune got another grounder out, Hannah Gullickson caught a ball at first base, and Hammer caught a foul ball hit high behind home plate. Top of the 5th, Niemeyer was out, Hammer hit a ball far to left field but it was caught. Flores got a single, but Nordaune struck out.
In the bottom of the 5th, Clarke got a ground ball for an out, then caught a pop fly. Center fielder Marley Lara dropped a ball, letting a runner score. Cobb struck out a batter for the third out.
In the top of the 6th, time was running out for the Sting to score some runs. Mortenson had some close calls, almost got caught stealing both from first and trying to get home. Gullickson got a single and stole 2nd. Johnson hit two runs in and got to first. The Sting were now down by one run, 3-4. Niemeyer got out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 6th, Clarke got hit by a bad bump in what would have been an easy out, but she was ok. The next batter bunted, but the first basement left the base open when she grabbed the ball. There was some confusion about some bunts that didn't leave the batter's box. Cobb struck out a batter, Mortensen fielded a ball and got it to third, and then Cobb fielded a bunt to get the third out.
In the top of the 7th, morale was high for the Sting. There was hope. Hammer struck out. Flores hit, and then the pitcher overthrew first base. She advanced to third, but was called back to second because the ball went out of play. Nordaune did a fake bunt, but Flores got caught trying to steal third. Nordaune got beaned, then stole second when Mortenson was at bat. The away coach declared an intentional walk to prevent Mortenson from scoring a big hit that could tie or put the Sting in the lead. A wild pitch put the runners on 3rd and 2nd. Cobb was at bat, and hit one runner home, tieing the game 4-4. There were two outs. Gullickson got two strikes, then hit one runner in, taking the lead.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Sting were fired up to hold on to their comeback. The first batter attempted to run to first using the 'dropped third strike" rule, but was thrown out. Cobb fielded a grounder for the next out, and struck out a 3rd batter to close out the game for a Sting victory.
Coach Sneller commented during the game “Without those two errors, it would have been a 1-1 game. We always tell our girls, the game's not over til the bottom of the seventh inning, 3rd out. Momentum can swing one way and come back around. We talked about how baseball players make millions and still make errors. It happens, figure out what you did wrong, fix it, and don't do it again.”