An emotionally charged game came to an end when Roff’s Paige Mayfield hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the host Lady Tigers a thrilling 17-15 victory over local rival Stonewall in pool play Friday at the 2019 Highway 1 Classic.
When Roff head coach Jason Trimmer and Stonewall head coach Brian Davis met after the teams were finished shaking hands, words were exchanged and tempers flared a bit.
The two coaches later talked over the weekend and apparently put the incident behind them.
The two had a short verbal exchange in the bottom of the sixth inning. With just minutes left in the game’s 70-minute time limit, Stonewall led 14-11.
Davis requested a time out to discuss something with the umpire. Before that conference could barely get started, Trimmer yelled, “Stinkin’ sandbagging,” basically accusing Davis of stalling to eat up some of the clock (which is legal).
Davis stared at Trimmer for a few seconds and then yelled, “OK, let’s do this,” and play resumed.
And do it Roff did.
The Lady Tigers went on to score five total runs in the inning to knot the score 14-14 and force another inning. Madi Diprima, Kailyn Gore, Kaylea Ensey and Sydney Wright each hit run-scoring singles in that RHS spurt.
Meghan Sliger reached on an error to start the top of the seventh inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kai Watkins to give Stonewall a 15-14 advantage, but the Lady Longhorns stranded runners at second and third.
Camden Simon walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh before Kenzi Darnell hit a one-out single. That set the stage for Mayfield’s heroic blast.
The game was a seesaw affair throughout. It was tied 1-1 after the first and 3-3 after three innings.
Stonewall tried to get the upper hand with a six-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning to grab a 9-3 lead. Stonewall collected four singles in that frame and RBIs from Dawson Lyon, Clio Heath and Watkins. Roff also made three errors in the inning.
However, the Tigers responded with six runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth.
Darnell hit a two-run bomb that knotted the score at 9-9, Kailyn Gore hit a solo homer, and Simon added an RBI single.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Lady Longhorns pushed across five runs in the top of the sixth.
Ashley Hayes and Mahayla Walker hit back-to-back, two-RBI doubles in the SHS volley. Pinch hitter Randee Dunlap added an RBI single.
Stonewall led 14-9 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Roff compiled 19 hits in the game, led by Darnell, who finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs and five runs scored. Gore went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Mayfield turned in a 2-for-4 effort that included two home runs and five RBIs.
The Lady Tigers also got two hits each from Diprima, Gore, Wright and Simon, who also walked twice.
Heath finished 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in Stonewall’s 18-hit attack. Mahayla Walker went 3-for-4 with a double, and two RBIs and scored a run.
Watkins went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, while Mary Collins finished 2-for-4 with a double and scored three times. Hayes also had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
SHS leadoff hitter Alexis Chamberlain got a base hit to lead off the game and then was intentionally walked four straight times. In fact, Trimmer issued seven intentional walks in the game.
Sliger drove in two runs and scored twice for the visitors.
The Lady Longhorns are at the Firelake Festival in Shawnee on Thursday.
Roff 19, Tecumseh 13
In the late game Friday night, Kailyn Gore blasted a grand slam for Roff in a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning to help the Tigers hold off Tecumseh. Roff was still batting when the time limit expired.
It was all Tecumseh early, as the visitors grabbed leads of 9-2 and 12-5 before Roff rallied.
The Lady Tigers scored seven runs in the bottom of the third to knot the score at 12-12. Payton Owen ripped a three-run homer, and Paige Mayfield hit a solo blast in the big RHS run. Elissa Bettes added a two-RBI single, and Sydney Wright contributed a run-scoring hit.
Wright broke the deadlock with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Darnell led a 21-hit Roff offense, finishing 3-for-4 with three home runs, three runs scored and six RBIs.
Mayfield went 4-for-4 with two runs scored.
Camden Simon (2-for-3), Bettes (2-for-3, two RBIs), Wright (2-2, three RBIs), Kaylea Ensey (2-for-4), Gore (2-for-4, four RBIs, three runs scored) and Mackenzie Parnell (2-for-2, a double, two runs scored) also contributed multiple hits for the hosts.
Madi Diprima cracked a double for the Lady Tigers.
Gabbi Jordan led Tecumseh at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored. Ayzia Shirey went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored for the visitors, while Harley Sturm finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Roff hosts Strother at 4 p.m. today.