Southwest wins wild showdown with Miller
The Southwest Lady Trojans' softball team had a busy week.
On Monday, Sept. 23 they traveled to Miller for a non-conference game.
The game was exciting for fans, but the kind that cause coaches to get gray hair. The Lady Trojans prevailed in extra innings by a score of 15-13.
Miller had Coach Tony Eagleburger's Lady Trojans down big several times, but was unable to finish them off.
"Typically when a team trails by more runs than outs left in a game, they lose," said Coach Eagleburger.
It's a numbers thing, but the Lady Trojans overcame the odds in the top of the seventh inning, down 12-8.
Southwest's lone senior, Kaleigh Ennis, rallied her teammates before they started their offensive half of the seventh. .
"We can do this," Ennis implored.
Southwest scored five runs in the inning. Sydney Delossantos delivering a two-out, two-run double to run the score to 13-12 and force a bottom half for the home team.
Ennis' pitching and the Lady Trojans defense worked out of a potential game-losing jam in the bottom of the seventh, but did allow the Cardinals to tie the score at 13.
In the top of the eighth, the Southwest offense applied more pressure, scoring two runs. Vanessa Glaze, who was four for five on the night, drove in her fourth run to score Ennis.
Kendra Hayworth followed with a sharp groundout to plate Glaze and give the Lady Trojans a two-run cushion.
Ennis and the Southwest defense retired Miller in order to escape with a thrilling comeback victory, as the lighting was starting to become an issue for both defenses in the unlit Miller field.
"I think tonight was a prime example of how some of our 'pretty losses' in low scoring games had perhaps hardened us and prepared us to keep fighting and win one that maybe we shouldn't have," said Eagleburger. "I was very proud of how we kept coming back. This is a game that a month ago, we'd have probably come up on the wrong side of the scoreboard."