It came down to the final inning, but Mac-Hi ultimately took home a narrow defeat to end their softball season.
Madison Graham delivered a two-run, walk-off single to lift the Braves to a 6-5 win over the Pioneers Friday in the 4A quarterfinals in Banks.
Despite the loss, the Pioneers jumped out with the lead early on. With two outs on the board in the top of the first, Courtney Cain drew a walk, and Ally Marly singled on a hard ground ball to left field on the next at-bat. Graci Bullock followed with a double to score both runners.
But the Braves evened things out in the bottom of the third. Kaylin Hernandez bunted Haelee Saunders home, and Emma White hit an RBI single to tie the score at 2-2.
Three scoreless innings went by before Lexi Montgomery scored on Graci Bullock’s walk to put the Pioneers ahead 3-2 in the top of the seventh. Bella Perkins doubled on a line drive to left field to score Cain and Marly.
But the Braves put up four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Abigail Campbell scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 5-5, and Graham’s single sealed the Pioneers’ fate.
Sydney Earls fanned nine Braves and threw just one walk for the Pioneers. Bullock sent three runners across the plate, and Marly’s 2-for-3 batting performance scored two runs.
Mac-Hi ended their season with a 17-9 overall record.