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By David Sharp
Brashear (4-6) forged a two run lead on Aubrey Borgmeyer’s home run and a manufactured Lacey Fisher first inning score. The September 20, 2021 non-conference softball contest at Brashear saw it’s share of fielding errors, but also featured clutch hits and extremely competitive play.
Jen Hinkle hit a two out three run Knox County home run, lifting the Lady Eagles (3-6) to a 4-3 win. Knox County held off a seventh inning rally. Knox County pitcher Daniela Dooley induced a ground ball for the final out.
“That’s the game of softball,” Brashear coach Chelsea Clark said. “It comes down to one hit. One pitch. It was a good, competitive softball game. It was a frustrating loss. In general, we came out firing and then we just kind of coasted from there.”
“The girls understand that is something we cannot do,” Chelsea Clark said. “We are a better team than that. Kudo to them. They fought back hard. We have a lot of experienced softball players on this team.”
“They make plays. We just have to execute when needed. We have to take the high stress situations like that and utilize off of that,” Coach Clark said.
Alexa Borgmeyer retired the first nine Knox County batters in succession, eight by strikeout. Alexa singled leading off the bottom of the third inning. Daniela Dooley set the next three Tigers down in order, stranding the runner on second base.
Brashear led by a 2-0 margin after three complete innings. Jennifer Hinkle reached on a dropped third strike leading off the top of the fourth inning. Daniela Dooley singled Hinkle home for a 2-1 score in favor of Brashear.
Jen Hinkle made a nice defensive play, taking an at bat from Mackenzie Baker with a pop fly catch up against the fence for the second out of the Tiger fourth inning. Baila Miller singled leading off the Knox County fifth.
Abby Becker stroked a solid one out hit. Alexa Borgmeyer struck out the next batter for out number two. Jen Hinkle lashed a line drive past the Brashear outfield defense. Hinkle circled the bases for an inside the park home run and a sudden 4-2 Knox County lead.
The teams were retired in order during the sixth inning. Alexa Borgmeyer struck out the side in the Knox County seventh inning. Brashear came to bat facing a 4-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Daniela Dooley threw out the first Tiger batter from the circle. Cassidy Althide put the ball in play, forcing an error. Lana Van Sickle drilled a line drive to left fielder Savannah Schrage for the second out.
Cassidy Althide reached second base and third on errors. Althide displayed good baserunning skills, scoring for a 4-3 game. The bases were empty with two out.
Aubrey Borgmeyer had already slammed a softball over the left field fence in the first inning. The Lady Tiger sophomore catcher strode to the batter’s box carrying the potential tying run. Alexa Borgmeyer took the possible winning run to the on deck circle.
Knox County senior Daniela Dooley worked Aubrey Borgmeyer for a 1-2 count with two out and the game on the line. Dooley won the battle, inducing a ground ball to Knox County second baseman Baila Miller for the final out.
Brashear scored three runs on three hits and one error. Knox County scored four runs on five hits and six errors. Five different Lady Eagles had a hit each. Jen Hinkle scored two runs and drove in three more.
Daniela Dooley went the six inning distance striking out eight batters on three hits with no walks. One of the Lady Tiger runs was earned.
Three different Lady Tigers had a hit each. Aubrey Borgmeyer hit a home run. Lacey Fisher and Cassidy Althide scored a run each.
Alexa Borgmeyer pitched seven complete innings with 17 strikeouts, no walks and four hits. One of the four Knox County runs was earned.
“Brashear is a respectable team,” Knox County coach Lauren Dale said. “For us to get that win is a respectable win. The girls should use that as a little bit of momentum. Jen (Hinkle) wanted it as bad as anyone out here.”
“She got a hit. She needed that for her confidence,” Lauren Dale said. “Getting the game winning run says a lot about the competitor she is. I think Daniela (Dooley) came out here and looked the best she has looked this year.”
“She has pitched in the post season. Tonight, she showed me what she could do. I think everyone played well,” Coach Dale said. “We put the ball in play. For us to be successful, that is what we are going to have to do.”
“We got a hit when we had to. That’s the fun of tonight,” Lauren Dale said.