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Softball: Walking off a winner – Langley’s blast sends Boyd to playoffs

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Al Smiles

ALL SMILES – Boyd’s Kristin Rasbury welcomes Kristen Whatley back to the dugout after scoring a run during the Lady Yellowjackets’ win over City View Friday. Boyd wrapped up the third seed out of 8-3A with the win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Boyd freshman Sydney Langley came to the plate with one out and a runner on with the Lady Yellowjackets trailing by a run.

Langley belted a 2-2 pitch over the fence to give the Lady Yellowjackets a 7-6 walk-off victory over City View and the third seed out of District 8-3A in the playoffs.

“I knew I had to step up my game and do something,” Langley said. “I tried my hardest. It was the perfect pitch. I swung at it and it went over the fence. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was gone.

“It was a really big moment for me.”

The victory was the third in a row for Boyd (9-17), who finished 8-3A with an 8-6 record.

“We went into district 1-11 after playing two state tournament teams and a bunch of 5A and 6A teams,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “In district, we started 1-2 and then won four and lost four. We then won three in a row with a do-or-die approach. We’ve been playing for our lives for three weeks.”

Boyd will try to keep its season going with a 3A Region I bi-district matchup with Breckenridge, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Brock with game one. Game two is 5 p.m. Saturday at Weatherford College with game three following, if necessary.

“It should be a good series. They have a left-handed pitcher that spins the ball well, and their top five or six hitters can swing the bat well,” Hopkins said.

The game-winning homer was Langley’s third of the season. The freshman first baseman has hit .338 with 15 RBIs and 11 extra-base hits.

“She’s been playing well,” Hopkins said. “She’s playing first base, a spot that she hasn’t played a ton. But we knew the stick would be there.”

Senior Lindsey Thorpe drove in three runs and hit a homer against City View. She went 3-for-3.

Kayleigh Pappajohn doubled ahead of Langley’s homer and came around to score.

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