WILLIAMS - Nervous time came in about the fifth inning for the Northeast Hamilton softball team here last night.
Trailing two-win CAL and with the season hanging in the balance, the Trojets came to life just in the nick of time.
Down 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, Northeast Hamilton cut its deficit in half, and in the sixth the Trojets exploded for four runs to rally past the Cadets, 5-2, in a Class 1A Region 6 first-round contest.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Off a wild pitch, Jaidyn Timm slides into the plate with one of Northeast Hamilton’s four runs in the sixth inning as CAL pitcher Emily Quinones covers last night in Williams. NEH won the Class 1A regional game, 5-2.
"We finally got some hits strung together there in the sixth," NEH head coach Dave Hilton said, noting five of his team's eight hits came in the four-run frame. "But give CAL credit. They've had a really long season, but they came at us with the idea that they could beat us, and they played hard.
"We were fortunate to get this one."
It was the fourth time this season that Northeast Hamilton (8-20) knocked off CAL (2-21). The win pushed the Trojets into Thursday's regional second round against Southeast Webster-Grand (17-15) back in Williams at 7 p.m. Southeast Webster-Grand swept a doubleheader from NEH, 5-1 and 5-4, on June 12 in Harcourt.
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Emily Quinones and A.J. Meier. Molly Greenfield and Jennifer Jeffers. W-Greenfield. L-Quinones. 3B-NEH: Jeffers. RBI-NEH: Jeffers, Greenfield, Jenn Willems.
Last night, it was Jenn Willems who kicked off the rally with an RBI single in the fifth inning.
In the sixth, junior leader Jennifer Jeffers finally timed CAL pitcher Emily Quinones perfectly and ripped a RBI triple into the gap. Molly Greenfield followed with an RBI single, and a few moments later she circled the bases and scored on a Caity Hassebrock base knock that CAL was unable to field cleanly in the outfield.
Greenfield finished with two base hits, as did Jaidyn Timm. Lillian Chamness added a single.
Greenfield, a junior right-hander, was up and down in the pitcher's circle. She allowed single runs in the third and fourth innings, but she kept CAL at bay over its final three at bats.
Greenfield allowed seven hits. She walked three and struck out six.