By Jeremy McDonald
AMITY, Ore.– Any thing is possible once you get to the postseason; league playoffs, play-ins or even the bracket itself.
On paper, Amity had the advantage over Santiam Christian with the Lady Warriors swept the regular season series 10-3 and 11-1, but the Eagles had other plans as they fought for their playoff lives versus the ninth-ranked Amity team in front of them.
Santiam Christian built a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the third before the bats of the Warriors awoke that lead to a Gabby Rolston two-run RBI double and a two-run Home Run by Morgan Croxford that gave Amity a 5-4 lead entering the fourth. After hanging a ‘zero’ on the board, the bats continued to rolled as Croxford, Breha Wright, Calle Roberts and Gracee Wright all brought in runs to push the lead to 9-4 entering the fifth inning.
But, as the Warriors seemed as if they were going to run away with the game and win it as soundly as they had in games past, the Eagles flipped the script with six runs with about two outs on the board when they started their run.
Frustrated, Brittnie Brown stared down the barrel and kept battling, knowing that she was one pitch, one batter from getting out of the situation with runners still floating on bases around her with Santiam Christian now leading once more 10-9.
“Honestly, I knew it was something we were going to bounce back because we were staying loud in the dugout, like we were staying confident and staying confident,” said Brown on the situation. “Especially when they were battling back and scored their runs up the second time, I was kind of frustrated like, ‘this wasn’t happening’ and they just kept hitting and hitting and we kept hitting and I was like, ‘oh thank God’.
“I knew I could count on them, I was frustrated but I know I could count on them with their bats because I know I’m not the best hitter on the team and I know our Top 6 are amazing hitters and I’m glad we battled back.”
They got the final out and came out with their bats and confidence in hand, they carried their success from fourth and fifth innings into the sixth as they too got runners on base when Roberts got to the batters box.
With two on, Roberts sent a shot over the left field fence to hand Amity back the lead at 12-10 with Brennae Huskey tacking on another run to make it a field goal game in a football-like score at 13-10.
“It felt great because that really set the momentum. Morgan’s Home Run was great, that got us hitting since it takes us some time hitting,” said Roberts of that sixth inning. “After that, we all were hitting. Brittnie had her great hit and everyone was getting on base and that really helped us out.”
The confidence was surging as they settled in defensively as they shut down the Eagle offense to seal the 13-10 win to advance to face Taft for second-place Friday with an opportunity for first versus Dayton if they win.
“We just got to go into that game knowing that we can hit the ball and being aggressive not only in the batters box, but also in the field being able to throw,” “But we have to go into that game having confidence and knowing that we can win it because that first time we lost to them, we could have beat them.
“But having confidence going into that will help us big time.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald