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Mustangs rally late, go extra innings for win

Ashley Stager, the lone senior on senior night, came up big in extra innings, pushing Mitchell past River Ridge 7-6 on Thursday.

By CHRIS WAGENHEIM
Published April 13, 2007


TRINITY - Ashley Stager, the lone senior on senior night, came up big in extra innings, pushing Mitchell past River Ridge 7-6 on Thursday.

"It just worked out perfectly," Stager said.

Tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, Stager led off with a double into rightfield before Ciara Seymour brought her in with a double. Stager was met at home by a cleared Mustangs bench that nearly brought her to the dirt.

"We know we can come back, no matter how many runs they have on us, we always fight back," Stager said.

Despite the storybook ending, things looked grim for Mitchell in the seventh as it trailed 6-2. With seven Royal Knights getting at least one hit, the Mustangs could not match their consistency early.

"In the beginning of the game, we kept leaving people on and near the end of the game we couldn't get anybody on," Mitchell coach Scott Bisbe said.

That all changed, however, in the seventh when River Ridge was forced to make a pitching change after starter Nicole Denney walked one, then allowed three hits. Replacement Samantha Stahl got the first two batters out, but a dropped third strike and consecutive walks tied it.

"It was just timely hitting and some bad breaks for them," Bisbe said. "It is just bad breaks, but you know what? You just hang in there."

Freshman pitcher Cortney Radke saved the game for Olivia Kline, who struggled to find the strike zone and walked six. Radke came in during the fifth and allowed one hit the rest of the game.