ALGONQUIN – With the score tied in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday, Alyssa Lach was just trying to get a good lead off second base with no out.
Lach’s smarts on the bases allowed her to score on an error to give Jacobs a 7-6 win over Crystal Lake South in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action.
Lach walked to begin the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. Emily Borg hit a grounder to South shortstop Sam McLean as Lach advanced to third. McLean’s throw came out of the glove of Brookelynn Maddox at first and skipped away far enough for Lach to score from third with the winning run. Lach said her instincts took over at the right time.
“I was just going on the groundball because I thought they would be going for the out at first,” Lach said. “Once I saw the ball hit the ground and get past her, I tried to score.”
Jacobs coach Jeremy Bauer said it should have been much easier to score the winning run with Lach if it weren’t for his instructions to her.
“It probably shouldn’t have been that close, but I forgot that their shortstop (McLean) was left-handed, and I yelled at Alyssa to slide when the play was going to first,” Bauer said. “It wouldn’t have been that close of a play, but she had to slide and then get back up to score.”
South (4-4 overall, 0-1 FVC Valley) got on the board in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Taylor Kassel.
Jacobs (9-2, 1-1) responded with three in its half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Lach and a two-run homer by Emily Borg.
South tied it at 3 after scoring runs in the second and third innings before Jacobs took the lead again in the fourth on an RBI triple by Taylor Belo.
The Gators tied the score again in the fifth and added two more runs in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. The Golden Eagles came back to tie it with two of their own in the sixth to set up the dramatic ending.
“We just had too many little mistakes,” South coach Scott Busam said. “I told them before that if you do all the little things, if you field any grounder that you should field, if you catch every fly ball that comes your way, we will absolutely win. I feel like we have the talent to beat most teams if we do those little things.”