By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
MILTON -- It was a routine grounder that you see all the time: a little dribbler to the third baseman that's easily fielded and thrown to first base for an out.
So you couldn't blame Mifflinburg's Kayla Kline for assuming that her short hit to third with two outs in the top of the sixth inning was going to be exactly that -- a 6-3 putout. That's when she -- and everyone in the stands -- got a bit of a surprise.
Milton's Mary Adams scooped up the ball and overthrew Katelyn Gensel at first base. The resulting error not only allowed Kline to safely reach, but drove in Molly Davis and Margaret Wiand to put the Wildcats ahead for the first time Tuesday.
"That's the first time I've seen Adams come up and moon the ball over the first baseman's head with two outs," Mifflinburg coach Steve Ross said. "That's what I keep preaching to them. Put the ball in play and things will happen, and it did. (That) was a huge break for us."
The Wildcats added two more runs in the seventh inning to put the game away, leaving Milton with a 6-3 win and the HAC-I crown.
"That (error) really shifted the momentum. I think it was something that we needed," Mifflinburg ace pitcher Alli Lloyd said. "We needed a little bit of a booster there and that kind of gave us the fuel for the fire for the rest of the game. I think that really pumped us up."
Mifflinburg (16-3, 12-1 HAC-I) took a 4-3 lead after the error and never looked back.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Milton (12-4, 10-3) looked to reclaim the lead when it loaded the bases with just one out. Milton's Taylor Batman (two doubles) hit a fielder's choice to third that was thrown home for an out that prevented a run. Lloyd then struck out Kiah Brink to end the inning with no damage done.