Western Australia’s hopes of making the 2022 Australian Women’s Baseball Championship gold medal game are on track after surviving a thrilling comeback from South Australia in Adelaide on Monday night.
Meahgan Haggert drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to plate the winning run and complete a 16-15 win just over 24 hours after walking off Queensland Maroon.
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Kaila Borgomastro singled to load the bases in the bottom of the second extra inning ahead of Yuki Ishikawa (walk), Caitlyn Eynon (sacrifice fly), Kelsey Brennan and Haggert (both walks) bringing in runs.
South Australia scored nine-straight runs to come from six down and hit the front in extras.
Belinda Stansfield’s two-run single put SA on top in the ninth for the first time since the opening inning of the contest.
Jess Maslin singled after SA started with runners on first and second and Standsfield cashed in on a bases-loaded situation, sending a line drive to right field to break the deadlock.
South Australia scored an insurance marker, but it was not enough as WA scored four in the bottom of the ninth to wrap up a wild win.
Earlier, Western Australia conceded in the top of the first before piling on six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Caitlin Eynon’s two-run double erased the early deficit and put WA in front.
Kelsey Brennan singled to extend Western Australia’s lead ahead of a double from Meahgan Haggert making it 4-1.
Grace Spano and Ebony Hinchliffe had timely hits to turn it into a five-run ballgame.
Eynon singled in the second after SA pulled a run back in the top of the frame.
The utility then delivered a second two-run double of the contest in the third to put WA up 10-5 after a Georgia Davis RBI-single and two-run double from Eryn Shipp in the top of the inning.
Back-to-back singles from Spano and Hinchliffe gave WA a six-run lead in the bottom of the fourth.
But South Australia rallied to force extras before falling short in a thrilling contest to close out day four.
WA's next game is against QLD Development on Tuesday at 1:30pm AWST.
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