By Brandon judeh
The Lakeview softball team was in need of a miracle durinbg a 2-0 victory over Ursuline on Thursday.
The Bulldogs’ prayers were answered—in a way.
Ursuline was threatening with nobody out in a scoreless game when Megan Ross hit a pop-up. The infield fly rule was applied and the fun started when the fielder dropped the ball.
Every runner looked to advance, but when the play was over, the umpires called it a triple play and Lakeview escaped unscathed—or so the Bulldogs thought.
The umpires and both coaches gathered and the play was instead ruled a double play and runners were sent back to second and third.
“I’m still not sure what happened,” said Lakeview pitcher Taylor Waid. “I was just excited because I thought there were three outs and the inning was over, but that was not the case.”
Waid returned to the field and took care of business, escaping the inning for a second time.
“I was a little nervous, but the next batter came up and I just threw the next pitch and got out of it,” Waid said.
The Bulldogs (10-7) finally broke through in the top of the 11th inning when Irish pitcher Makayla Shore threw a wild pitch and Caitlin McDivitt scored the game’s first run.
Later in the inning senior Haley Ball singled up the middle to drive in another run and the Bulldogs held on for a thrilling victory.
“We have been coming out and playing with the attitude of, ‘Let’s go out and play how we know how to and take it one inning at a time,’ ” Waid said.
Waid was also a star on defense, accounting for an impressive eight putouts, including the final out which was a line drive right into her glove.
The Irish (16-7) had plenty of opportunities throughout the game to break through, but were unable to come up with timely hitting.
“Our kids are trying to play high-caliber ball to prepare for the tournament,” Ursuline head coach Mike Kernan said. “We were in a dog fight today. We had our chances, but didn’t execute our opportunities.”
Shore pitched the Irish out of trouble early as she found her way out of both the third and fourth innings.
“She’s really come along excellent this year,” Kernan said. “She’s hitting her pitches very well and as a sophomore she is really maturing into an excellent leader and ballplayer.”
For every big play Shore made in the pitchers’ duel, Waid had a response.
Waid worked magic of her own in the bottom of the fourth with runners on second and third and one out.
She responded with a strikeout and groundout to narrowly escape the inning.
Waid finished with eight strikeouts. Shore also fanned eight and had two hit Ursuline.
McDivitt doubled twice and reached base three times. Lauren Casassa singled twice and reached base two other times for Lakeview.