WILLIAMS - Winning is sweet. Rallying to win is even sweeter.
Trailing 9-7 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Northeast Hamilton softball team came through with two runs to pull even with Iowa Star Conference rival Colo-NESCO here yesterday evening, and in the eighth the Trojets cemented the comeback with a walk-off run to win, 10-9.
"I was just so excited that (the players) fought so hard," NEH head coach Natalie Ostheimer said. "Everyone contributed in some way to win this game, whether it was running, whether it was cheering or whether it was scoring. It was a complete team effort and that's what we need to finish the season strong."
Jennifer Jeffers' second hit of the contest in the eighth brought the winning run screaming to the dish. She also started the seventh inning rally with a base knock.
Jaidyn Timm blooped an RBI base hit to left in the seventh to pull NEH (4-9, 3-2 ISC) to within a run, and then she tied it at 9 when she scored on a wild pitch.
The Trojets finished with 11 hits off Royals' pitchers Sam Riese and Erica Babinat. Jenn Willems also had two singles. Timm and Molly Greenfield both belted doubles and six girls Greenfield, Jeffers, Timm, Andi Anderson, Kaylee Massman and Lillian Chamness - drove in a run.
NE HAMILTON 10, COLO-NESCO 9 (8 INN.)
Wednesday at Williams
Colo-NESCO001 302 30- 9 13 2
Northeast Hamilton121 003 21-10 11 3
Sam Riese, Erica Babinat (3) and Kylie Sarver. Molly Greenfield and Jenn Willems. W-Greenfield. L-Babinat. 2B-NEH: Greenfield, Jaidyn Timm. RBI-NEH: Greenfield, Timm, Andi Anderson, Kaylee Massman, Jennifer Jeffers, Lillian Chamness.
NEH will be back at home this evening for a non-conference doubleheader against Southeast Webster-Grand. Game 1 will begin at 6 p.m.