If you enjoy softball, shoot, if you enjoy sports, this game had all of the excitement, heart pounding thrills and tear jerking lows, then this game would have been for you as the Redskins seemingly won the game only to have Jimtown on the celebration end at the conclusion, 4-3 while scoring 2 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs.
The Elkhart Central Sectional Championship had both sets of fans on the edge of their seats while in a scoreless tie through three even though Knox left the bases loaded twice in the first three innings. Jimtown broke through first scoring in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Knox tied the game with a mammoth home run by Redskin catcher MaKenzie Morgan in the firth. Knox took the lead on a base hit by Emi Rotering to take the lead in the 6th, only to see the Jimmies fight back to tie in the sixth. Knox breaks the tie in the seventh with a hard shot grounder by Jayla Williams. The Redskins get the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh, then comes a ground ball out to end the game, and sending the Redskins team and faithful in celebration, even to the point of starting to line up to shake hands. Unfortunately, an appeal by Jimtown wiped out that final, elusive out. (By the way, it was the correct call). A rope for a double leaves Jimtown with runners on second and third, another ground ball looks like Knox is going to win only to commit their second error of the inning causing both runners to circle the bases with the winning runs, 4-3, causing elation for Jimtown and tears for the Redskins.
In coaching you learn to roll with the fun wins and tough losses but this loss may be the worst in my coaching career. We were starting to line up to congratulate Jimtown while whooping and hollering, thinking we had won, only to give the game back. I hurt so bad for our players and especially for our 5 seniors. They are all pretty amazing young ladies, but what a mark they left for not only softball, but all sports at KHS. For the three (McIntire, Morgan & Goetz) who have been with us for four years, those kids walk away with a Sectional & Regional Championship, a Final Four, 68 wins, and maybe the game that may linger the longest, this Sectional Runner Up. To all 5 of them (Trishta Brewer & Hannah Smith), thank you for all the great memories.
This one will take a while to get over. Thank you to all of of fans, whether you followed us in person, on Facebook, on here, or elsewhere. Even though coming in and putting this together along with press releases for multiple outlets after every game can be tiresome, I can’t begin to tell you how much I would really like to post a few more games this season. Thanks again.
Coach Jerry Gurrado