SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Central A&M softball, despite being regional champions with a sub.500 record, had the lead at sectional going into the 6th inning, then Oblong squared off and stormed back to send the overachieving Raiders home, 4-1.
"We wiggled out of bases loaded jams in the 1st and 2nd inning and then took a 1 to 0 lead in the 3rd after Taylor Jordan lead off with a single and Morgan Damery followed with a 2-out RBI single.
With one out in the 6th and a runner on, Oblong's Lockart hit a 2-run home run to take the lead. Dunlop and Allen followed with consecutive walks. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly made it 3-1. A passed ball allowed the fourth Oblong run.
Allison Kresin singled with two outs in the CAM 6th, but was stranded. Lexee Smith pitched the 7th inning for A&M and got the first Oblong batter in the 7th to ground out to Taylor Jordan, short to 1st. The next batter flew out to
A&M had one more at bat to extend their season. However, a strikeout and two grounders to the mound were an anti-climactic finish.
Taylor Jordan had the big hit of the game for the Raiders. She was 2-for-3, being hit by a pitch, hitting a single and scoring, then blasting a triple in the 5th with one out. But, she was left on base. Olivia Jordan had the other single of the five Raider hits.
Oblong 4, Central A&M 1
Oblong 000 004 0--4-7-
CAM 001 000 0--1-5-
CAM stats: T. Jordan 2-for-3, 3B, HBP, SB, run; Hennings 0-for-3; Friesner 0-for-3; Damery 1-for-3, SB, RBI; Hunter 0-for-3; Kresin 1-for-3; Gibson 0-for-3; O. Jordan 1-for-3; Smith 0-for-2 (Collins 0-for-1). Pitching (L) O. Jordan 6 IP, 4 runs, 7 hits, 5 BBs, 1 K; Smith 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BBs, 1 K.
Oblong stats: H. Allen 0-for-2, 2 BBs, run; M. Wells 0-for-3, sacf, RBI; Sparks 2-for-4; C. Wells 1-for-4; Meese 0-for-4; Pinkston 1-for-3, run; Lockart 2-for-2, HR, BB, run, 2 RBIs; Dunlop 1-for-2, BB, run. Pitching (W) Sparks 7 IP, 1 run, 5 hits, 0 BB, 6 Ks.
Winning pitcher Sparks
Losing pitcher Olivia Jordan, record 6 & 7
CAM record 13 & 20 for the season