A four run sixth inning comeback for the Mahomet-Seymour Lady Bulldogs helped push them over the Effingham Lady Hearts 8-6 in the IHSA Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional Semifinals.
The game was tied at three after the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, the Lady Hearts put three runs on the board. Emma Budde knocked in two of those with a double. Emma Huss drove in one on a single. The Lady Bulldogs then answered right back with a single and a stolen base followed by an RBI single to cut the lead to two. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Jaidi Davis struck out the first batter. She walked the next two and head coach of the Lady Hearts Jerry Trigg went out to the mound and made a change and put Taylor Armstrong in the circle as Armstrong was already in the game earlier.
She hit the first batter then with the bases loaded, Lady Bulldogs Aubrie Shore brought in a run on a single to cut the lead to just one. Trigg came out to the mound again and the next batter singled and brought in another run to tie the game at six. Julia McNought doubled in two runs to take the 8-6 lead.
“Just not how we wanted to end it there. They score all the runs in the sixth inning and all they need is three outs it’s pretty tough to bounce back from right away,” Trigg said. “We had our chances and we had chances to keep them from scoring so runs. [We] made some silly mistakes.”
Those mistakes were in the bottom of the second inning. The Lady Hearts had an early 1-0 lead, but after four consecutive errors, the Lady Bulldogs were able to put two easy runs on the board and make it a game.
“Just not ready to make plays sometimes. Not really focused on wanting to make a play was the, I thought, the problem,” Trigg said. “Just got to want to make plays in those situations and we didn’t do it very well.”
The Lady Hearts filled the bases up and only knocked in one run-this time on an error from the Lady Bulldogs pitcher Aubrie Shore and tied the game up. Things were going smoothly for the Lady Hearts defense in the bottom half of the inning until they let up a single. Then the errors continued to plague the Lady Hearts. A throw from Isabella Kronewitter at third got passed the glove of Skyler Schafer at first, which brought in a run to have the Bulldogs take a 3-2 lead going into the fourth.
“It adds up and works on you. The pressure is on you to score and score and make more plays which you are already not making good plays,” Trigg said. “Just kind of snowballed sometimes when you’re just not ready to, I thought we were not ready to make plays.”
Trig described the season as whole just like this game: up and down.
“We had chances to put teams away at times-good teams, not just any teams,” Trigg said. “We’d have the lead on them, then we’d let them get away from us. That was kind of the way our season went right there the way the game was-just up and down. We weren’t consistent.”
The Lady Hearts finish the season at 19-13.