WALLA?WALLA, Wash. Darian Lindsey churned out big hits like she was getting paid by the RBI and the Pendleton Buckaroos outlasted the Walla Walla Blue Devils for a 10-9 win in nine innings of non-conference softball on Tuesday.
Lindsey finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple, two doubles and four RBIs. Her first three runs batted in were part of a five-run seventh inning that put the Bucks briefly ahead 9-8. Her last was in the top of the ninth for the eventual game-winner.
It was kind of a matter off who wanted it a little more,?said Pendleton coach Tim Cary of a game that saw each team collect 12 hits. I think I was most proud of the girls that didnt give up.
Down 8-4 going into the seventh, Evangelina Olivera started the Bucks (9-3) off with a double, followed by an Ellie Richards double to put a run across the plate.
Reeghan Lehnert then drew a walk before an error by Walla Wallas first baseman put Alexis Morrison on and loaded the bases.
The Blue Devils recorded a strikeout to take a little pressure off, but then Lindsey crushed her triple to clear the bags before older sister Shae Lindsey could end the rally with an RBI?single on the next at-bat.
Walla Walla answered in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out RBI single, and threatened to end the game in regulation when Pendleton starting pitcher Marissa Jones loaded the bases on walks.
But a nice play deep in the gap at shortstop by Richards got the force-out at home on the next at-bat and a fly-out to left field sent the game to extra innings.
Neither team threatened in the eighth, bringing international tiebreaker rules into play for the ninth inning.
Morrison started the frame on second base for the Bucks and was immediately bunted over to third where a Darian Lindsey double brought her in to score.
Walla Walla struck out to start its at-bat, then Jones got the Blue Devils to hit into a pop out at shortstop and a groundout to second to end the game.
Olivera and Lehnert each went 2-for-3 for Pendleton and Shae Lindsey was 3-for-6.
Pendleton continues non-league play on Thursday at La Grande at 4 p.m.