WASHINGTON — Softball is a game of inches, and sometimes those inches can be the difference between a win and a loss.
Linton defeated Washington (12-5), 4-1, in nine innings Wednesday evening at the Sports Complex, snapping the Hatchets 11-game winning streak.
With one run already in in the top of the ninth inning, Washington pitcher Allexis Lemon faced a bases loaded situation with two out, and Linton leftfielder Cassidy Clothier at the plate.
Clothier hit a dribbler down the first base line - Lemon gave chase, but the ball appeared to go foul - at least that’s what Washington felt happened to the ball.
The home plate umpire called the ball fair, scoring two runs to push the Miners lead to 4-1. The senior pitcher and Washington coach Alan Lemon disagreed with the call.
“It should have been foul, it should have been a 2-1 ball game heading into the bottom of the ninth, but that¹s how it goes,” Lemon said.
Washington was able to get two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but Ashley Elliott’s flyout to centerfield ended the threat and the game.
Washington struggled for much of the game to consistently get runners on base. Senior catcher Paige Hawthorne led off the bottom of the second with a stand up triple to right field, and then scored Washington’s run on a sacrifice bunt by Kerstin Burks. Washington had six innings where they went down in order without putting a runner on base.
“We’ve had some slow pitching the last couple games and then we come in here tonight where Linton can throw it a little better and it throws off your timing a little bit,” Lemon said. “That’s no excuse, we didn’t hit the ball when we needed to, and that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”