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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Kane's game-winning single lifts Tigers, 8-7

  • Junior outfielder Jessica Kane has never experienced a game-winning at-bat. In Friday's softball game, Kane slapped a hit for two RBIs to give Waynesville a victory over Salem, 8-7, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
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  • Junior outfielder Jessica Kane has never experienced a game-winning at-bat. In Friday's softball game, Kane slapped a hit for two RBIs to give Waynesville a victory over Salem, 8-7, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
    "I'm usually the one to start the game," Kane said. "I'm the lead-off batter and am not used to batting last; it was exhilarating."
    After Salem took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Waynesville's sophomore outfielder Diamond Thomas gave her team their first lead of the game in the bottom of the inning with a two-out, two run double making the score 2-1.
    Salem fought back to tie the game in the third inning and take the lead once again in a two-run fifth, 4-1.
    In the bottom of the fifth, Waynesville's Katelynn Miller, a sophomoer infielder, hit a two RBI single to tie the game at four-all.
    In the final two innings Salem added three more runs and took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
    The opposing pitcher sat down the first two Waynesville batters before junior catcher Alexa Ochoa started a late-game rally with a RBI single to inch her team closer, 7-5.
    Thomas followed Ochoa's lead with a RBI infield single to rally Waynesville withing one run.
    A walk and two stolen bases put two runners in scoring position for Kane.
    "[The final at-bat] was a lot of pressure," Kane said after the game.
    After taking a first pitch ball, Kane swung at the second pitch and rolled one foul down the first base line. The outfielder stepped back into the batter's box and waited for the pitch. As it crossed the plate, Kane connected, again rolling it slowly down the first base line, this time fair.
    With two outs, the Waynesville base runners sprinted around to score as Kane made it safely to first base with a game-winning hit.
    "I didn't want to let everyone down," Kane said. "I knew that no matter what we have each other."
    Kane's positive attitude helped her team get the win Friday.
    "Hats off to the girls for never quitting today," Waynesville head coach Kelly Jackson said. "[The girls] came out at the bottom of the [batting] order and got it done."
    The next matchup for Waynesville will come Monday against Ozark Conference opponent Camdenton at 4:30 p.m.
    Jackson is confident in her team after two back-to-back comeback wins Wednesday and Friday.
    "We're a resilient team and I think we have a good chance against [Camdenton] if we execute better defensively," Jackson said.
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