By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG -- It's the last time Warrior Run's Taylor Parker and Mifflinburg's Ali Lloyd would face off against each other since the Wildcats moved into the HAC-I this year, and it was as if both pitchers not only knew that, but wanted to give fans one last great showing.
And they both sure delivered.
Parker and Lloyd routinely kept the others' team at bay and through 10 innings, it looked like the game may go on until sundown if they both kept throwing as they were.
Then in the top of the 11th inning, things finally started going Warrior Run's way.
After being held to just one hit -- a single by Jackie Clemens in the top of the second -- through 10 by Lloyd, the Defenders strung together three straight this in the top of the 11th inning en route to a 6-2 win over the Wildcats in a nonleague game on Saturday afternoon in Mifflinburg.
It was the 11th inning where things started to snowball out of control for the Wildcats (6-1, 6-0 HAC-I), who held the potent lineup of Warrior Run (9-0, 7-0 HAC-II) in check the rest of the game.
Carra Rishel laid down a bunt to start the 11th to move Lynn Vermilya to third -- due to the international rule where after 10 innings, whoever recorded the last out in the previous inning automatically starts on second base to start the next inning-- but the routine grounder which should have resulted in an easy out resulted in a throwing error from Lloyd which allowed Rishel to safely reach.
That was followed two batters later by an error on the first basemen, which allowed Vermilya and Rishel both to score. Taylor Parker came through with a big single into right field to bring Courtney Stahl home on a fielding error before Jackie Clemens had a 2-RBI single into left field to score Devin Nicholas and Parker.