Subway Stingers defeat Memramcook in confusing seventh inning
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Members of the Subway Stingers U-14 softball team run to Courtney Smith after her walk-off double won the game 6-5 against the Memramcook Dynamites at the Dorrington Complex on Friday afternoon. Today the Stingers final round-robin game is against the Cole Harbour Comets at 10 a.m.
STELLARTON – Both teams left the field. The Memramcook Dynamites said the game was over – the Subway Stingers said there was still one more out.
Down 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning the Stingers opened with a pair of singles from Sophia Wornell and Jenna Leadbetter. Caitlin Taylor then reached first on a fielder’s choice.
The next batter, Hailey Fahie, then hit into an infield-fly. The only issue was that the umpire counted it as an out, but she wasn’t removed from first base, therefore the umpire had two outs. The Stingers staff was only counting one.
When Katie Devine hit into a fielder’s choice following Fahie the Memracook team started celebrating, but the Stingers coaches started arguing that it was only two outs. After some discussion the umpire had to allow the Stingers to have their next at bat with the bases still loaded and two out because they hadn’t removed Fahie after the infield-fly.
Cue Courtney Smith.
She hadn’t played all game, but was brought in to pinch hit for Emily Mertin. Strike one.
Smith stepped back, took a deep breath and planted her feet in the batters box again. On the next pitch she smacked the ball into right-centre field for the walk-off double that won the game 6-5.
“I had hurt my back so I had been resting all game,” said Smith. “I knew they might ask me if I could come in at some point and when we got the bases loaded and I was asked I said I felt comfortable enough to play. After the first pitch strike I saw the speed and knew what I had to do. When I saw the ball land in the field it was the greatest feeling in the world.”
Her hit ended what was an up and down game for both teams. In the top of the third the sky opened and there was a half hour rain delay. The Stingers were down 3-0 at the time with a runner on third, a 3-1 count to Janelle Bastarache and two outs. A passed ball on the first pitch after the rain delay would walk Bastarche and allow the Dynamites to go up 4-0. She would eventually score on another passed ball to put Memramcook ahead 5-0 midway through the third inning.
In the bottom half of the third the Stingers loaded the bases, but two strikeouts and a fly out ended the threat.
A pair of runs in the fourth from Fahie and Abby MacLean cut into Memramcook’s lead. The Stingers were down 5-2.
In the fifth they added two more from Leadbetter and Taylor, making it a one-run game.
“The coaches just kept telling us that we have to come back and just keep getting on base,” said Smith. “We were getting hits early, but weren’t getting runs. We knew we could do it, we just had to work hard and stay focused and not get down on ourselves.”
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