The Shoreland softball team saved its best for last Wednesday afternoon.
Shoreland scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win a seesaw, 8-7 Metro Classic Conference battle in Somers.
Haylee Dodd was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom half, stole second base and scored on Victoria Miller’s hit to even the score at 7-7.
With two outs, Bree James hit a tough dribbler to second base and was called out at first on a close play. The call was appealed to the home plate umpire, who ruled the first baseman pulled her foot on the play. The decision allowed Miller to score the game-winning run.
“This team has some poise,” Shoreland coach Kelly Hill said. “They took punch after punch tonight and still found the grit to come from behind. I am very proud of the fight in these girls. I have never seen a finish like that before. I feel bad for Martin Luther to lose by that call. Nobody deserved to lose tonight but in the end we made one more play than them.”
The Pacers (7-1 overall) remained undefeated in the MCC at 5-0, while Martin Luther fell to 1-3 and 0-2.
Emily Jones (2-for-4, RBI), James (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Olivia Mooney (home run), Miller (2-for-3, two runs, RBI) and Dodd (double, two runs, stolen base) sparked Shoreland’s offense.
Kelsey Hill pitched a complete game and picked up the win, allowing seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits while striking out 16 and walking none.
St. Joseph 15, Dominican 9
The visiting Lancers banged out 19 hits, struck out just twice and scored in every inning but the sixth to earn the MCC victory.
Leading St. Joseph (3-2, 2-2) were Crystal Dibiase (three hits, two runs), Mary Furreness (three hits, double, four runs, three RBI, two stolen bases), Ellie Schuler (three hits, triple, two runs, five RBI), Ellie Bernhardt (three hits, double, three RBI, two stolen bases) and Gabby Schneider (three hits, double, four RBI).
Cami Nyara earned the win, as she allowed four hits, 14 walks and struck out eight.
“I’m always preaching aggressive play, and we did that tonight,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Wroblewski said. “We struggled a little on defense in the fifth inning, but gathered it back up and put them away. After not playing for over a week now, it just felt good to get back outside and play.”
Waukesha North 3, Bradford 0
The visiting Northstars scored all three of their runs in the third inning to pick up a non-conference victory at Bullen Middle School.
Bradford (6-4) loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh inning, but was unable to score. Sydney Strelow doubled and Alyssa McClelland and Abby Cecchi each singled to account for the Red Devils’ lone hits.
Starting pitcher Kylar Broesch took the loss, as she allowed three earned runs, seven hits, four walks and struck out four.
Metro Classic Mini Meet No. 1
St. Joseph finished sixth in the nine-team meet at Bristol Oaks Golf Club.
The Lancers scored six points, 10 behind meet champion Racine Prairie. Shoreland Lutheran fielded an incomplete team.
Tim Evans led St. Joseph with a 51, followed by Sam Paupore and Isabella Hart with a 52 and Thomas Dippel with a 53.
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Wilson Pan shot a 41 and 61 for the Pacers, respectively.
Scott Koker and Dan Truttschel