The North Decatur varsity softball team posted its second straight win Tuesday, defeating Milan 8-7.
The host Lady Chargers climbed out to a 4-3 lead before the Lady Indians rallied back to take the lead on a bases-loaded hit in the top of the seventh inning.
However, North came back to take the victory in the bottom of the seventh for a thrilling finish.
Senior Ali Wallpe started the rally by taking a hit-by-pitch. Sophomore Kaitlin Herbert courtesy ran for Wallpe and advanced when sophomore Morgan McKinney reached base. Junior Anna Schwering tied the game on a two-run hit, scoring Herbert and McKinney.
Senior Anna Wallpe and freshman Emily McCorkle extended the inning by reaching on errors. Sophomore Kiley Stier then drew a walk, forcing in the winning run as Anna Wallpe crossed the plate.
North tallied five hits, led by Schwering’s two. Sophomore Blair Kramer added a triple and a single, while Stier added a single. Sophomore Mary Hughes was hit by three pitches.
Stier pitched all seven innings, battling the rain, wind and a scrappy Indians lineup for the win. Stier struck out three batters and walked four.
First-year head coach Beth Glomb said Stier was nervous about pitching in the bad conditions in the seventh, but played through it.
“She came back and finished the game,” said Glomb. “I’m really proud of her. She stuck with it and finished the game.”
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