In the District Championship game, Waterloo defeated Springfield by a score of 3-2.
Jacqueline Kish took the loss for the Tigers. Kish scattered seven hits, struck our four and issued one walk. Abby Joseph came on in relief of Kish in the top of the seventh inning. Joseph allowed one hit and struck out one.
Springfield did not waste any time as they jumped out to an early two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning. Makenzy Capouellez led off the game with a walk. Mya Duskey followed with a sacrifice bunt. The throw to first base was wide of the bag and Capouellez came all the way around to score. Duskey ended up at third base on the play. Two batters later, Cassie Bacon laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt. Bacon beat the throw to first and Duskey scored on the play. However, this would be the extent of Springfield’s offense for the day.
Springfield held on precariously to the 2-0 lead until the top of the sixth inning, when Waterloo tied the game. Kish was able to get two quick outs to start the inning. Amber Cieplinski then coaxed a walk off of Kish. Waterloo pitcher Machayla Keher then hit a single, and Memory Lyons followed with a double to tie the game at two runs apiece.
In the top of the seventh, Waterloo’s Alyssa May got on on an infield error. Abby Joseph then came on in relief of Kish. After an infield pop up for the first out, Stephaie Misock hit a single. Then an infield error off the bat of Brooke Twichell allowed May to score with what would be the winning run of the game. In the bottom of the seventh, Springfield went down in order to seal the win for Waterloo.
Waterloo pitcher Machayla Kehrer shut down Springfield’s bats by allowing only one hit while striking out five and walking two.
Springfield finished their season with a record of 20-4.