As the potential winning run on third base in the bottom of the eighth inning, Decatur’s Brittany Roberts took a chance – trying to entice a throw from Bridgeport catcher Kensley Turner.
“I played with her over the summer. I was wandering off farther than I should have, trying to get her to throw,” Roberts said.
The strategy worked. Turner’s throw got away from third baseman Ryhan Read, allowing Roberts to score and giving the Lady Eagles their first District 9-3A win, 5-4, over the rival Sissies.
“This win is huge. This is the most important game in district,” Roberts said. “We knew we had to be on top of things to win it.”
Bridgeport (9-8) fell to 0-2 in district with the loss. The Sissies made eight errors in the game, including two in the final half inning – one that allowed Roberts to reach third after a single and the other on the game-winning run.
“It’s a tough loss,” said Bridgeport coach Ruben Garza. “Errors have plagued us this season.”
Bridgeport jumped out to 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the third. Turner singled in Hailey Hollingsworth. Cheyenne Davidson then doubled in Diana Garcia and Turner. Davidson scored the fourth run of the inning with a steal of home.
The four-run frame chased Decatur starter Maddie Minor from the game after two-and-two-thirds innings. Kelsey Roberts took over, pitching the final five-and-a-third, holding Bridgeport scoreless on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Decatur chipped away at the Bridgeport lead. It scored three in the bottom of the third on three Bridgeport errors.
Down 4-3 in the seventh, Kristina Pishotta worked a one-out walk. She came around to score and tie the game.