SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – When a regional game is on the line, it gives us all a look at what the postseason could look like, specifically – who steps up in the clutch moments?
Tuesday night, it was Maddy Edwards.
After a long pitching battle that called for a much needed icing, the Cougars and Cardinals were tied going into the bottom of the seventh. Like most clutch moments happen at the plate, Edwards stepped up with two outs. Then, with a 2-2 count, sent a walk-off double line drive to right field to bring in Rachel Cunningham and Faith Klein. Her walk-off preserved a positive record for the Cougars (5-4), staving off the under– .500 ratio.
Battling it out to get to that nail-biting inning, Jordan Grimes went back-and-forth with both Ashtin Hoover and Chloe Munslow.
Grimes would strikeout five through 32 batters faced, giving up just three walks and five earned runs off of seven hits. Grimes threw a .661 strike percentage (72-109). Her pitches would result in 14 outs – nine on the ground and five in the air.
Hoover would pitch for four innings before being relieved by Munslow. The junior is credited with the win, striking out three while giving up two earned runs and six walks. Hoover faced 22 batters and threw a .511 strike percentage. In her three innings on the mound, Munslow gave up just one earned run and struck out five batters ending on a .688 strike percentage through 11 batters.
Edwards (1-3) and Hoover (1-2) led the Cougars at the plate, both picking up two RBI on a solo hit.
Taylor Harper was big at the plate for the Cardinals, going 4-4 for two RBI, although having no runs of her own. Keeliegh Margargee assisted with a 2-3 record at the plate for one RBI and three runs.