By Dennis Glade
Washington Times Herald
For five innings the Barr-Reeve softball team was in complete control, but unfortunately a full softball game is seven.
The Vikings surrendered six runs in the sixth inning on their way to a 6-3 defeat to Shakamak Monday evening at Barr-Reeve.
Barr-Reeve held a 3-0 lead entering the top of the sixth inning, and starting pitcher Skylar Chestnut had allowed just one hit. The Lakers got back-to-back singles from Taylor Stevenson and Bryly Shipman, Amber Chesterfield cut the lead to 3-2 with a two-run double into the left centerfield gap.
Barr-Reeve head coach Darren Kenney visited Chestnut on the mound, and decided to let her finish the inning and get out of trouble.
"I had two other pitchers, but one of them has been hurting, so we decided to stick with her (Chestnut)," Kenney said.
Two batters later, Shakamak starting pitcher Kelsey Samm doubled to center to score Chesterfield and tie the game at three. A groundout moved Samm to third with two outs, and the Vikings appeared to be close to getting out of the jam.
Laura Sue Irons grounded a ball right to Chestnut, and the Vikings starter shot the ball to first basemen Tiara Kenney, but the ball popped out of the sophomore's glove and Samm scored the go-ahead run.
The next batter, Meghan Miller laced a pitch over Tanisha Graber's head in center field, scoring Irons. Miller had a triple when an errant throw by catcher Henley Dant to third base allowed Miller to score to make the score 6-3.
"We're one play away - if (Tiara) Kenney holds onto the ball at first base it's a tie ball game and we¹re still playing right now," Kenney said. "We hit the ball fairly well, we had six hits, and they hit the ball when they needed to." The Vikings got off to a quick start with three runs in the first, with four hits and a walk all coming with two out. Jenna Knepp had an RBI single to center, and Miller added a two-run base hit to total the scoring.