Eight innings of great battles in the box, exceptional fielding, and fantastic pitching earned the Knights a win last Tuesday at home, in the most solid game they have played all year.Hillcrest’s pitcher, Nicole DeKok, throws an incredible game. She has multiple pitches and throws the ball hard. We knew right away we had to come out and attack and not wait for her to pitch to us. The Knights battled hard against DeKok, picking up eight hits off of her throughout the game.
This game was scoreless until the 4th inning when the Knights took a 1-0 lead. It started with a single by Brianna Kreft, with two outs. Maia Ruud took one of two walks, and Hailey Bennett ripped a deep double to score Brianna.
The score remained 1-0 until the 6th inning when the Comets scored one. The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the 8th. Our seventh inning was tough, we were at the top of their order and knew we had to play some solid defense. Their first batter ripped a deep single and then stole bases all the way to 3rd. We got back in our groove and had three huge outs on fly balls to end the inning.
In the 7th, Hailey Bennett again came on strong with a big single, was bunted around by Hannah Anderson, and then Dawn Anderson had a great hit. Unfortunately, we fell short and didn’t score that inning.
In the 8th inning we were able to hold the runners on base and get our turn up to bat. Morgan Sanstead started out the bottom of the 8th with a huge single, deep into center field. Ellie Herman came in as a courtesy runner and broke up a double play on the next hit. We now had one out, Brianna Kreft at first and Abby Oberg up to bat. Being a senior leader really showed this game. Abby smashed a ball deep into left center, moving Kreft from first base all the way home. Needless to say, the team exploded out of the dugout to celebrate with Kreft and Oberg.