Slater gets steal-off win
SLATER -- Junior Jordan Allen crossed the plate on a double steal in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday to give the Slater softball team a 27-26 non-conference win over Glasgow.
Yes, that final score is correct, and is the second-highest run total for two teams in Missouri history, passing the 50 runs scored in Gainesville's 27-23 win over Conway in 1998 while coming up short of the 71 runs tallied during Tri-County's 38-33 marathon against Pattonsburg the following year.
Both teams had double-digit rallies, the Lady Yellowjackets scoring 10 runs in the top of the second inning. Three walks and three errors combined with four hits -- including a two-run double by freshman Autumn Fuemmeler -- to give Glasgow (0-2) a 13-1 lead.
The Lady Wildcats made up all of that and more during a 22-run third frame in which they got 19 free passes to go along with a catcher's interference call, error and four hits. Nine walks and four hit batters occurred before the first out was recorded, with three more bases on balls before Slater got its first hit of the game -- a two-run single by junior Brea Wright.
Junior Carley Grimes followed with a double to plate two runs, with junior Morgan Drummond and sophomore Anne Baker also contributing RBI singles.
The Lady 'Cats' spree was second only to the 24 runs North Harrison scored in the third inning against Tri-County in 1992, exceeding Otterville's 21 runs in the second during a 2002 contest against Prairie Home.
The Lady 'Jackets used a 12-3 surge over the next four at-bats to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Allen led off the Slater seventh with a walk and went to third on Drummond's single, setting up the winning run.
The Lady 'Cats drew 23 walks during the contest, breaking the state record of 20 twice set by Ozark in the 1980s.
Slater (2-2) will return to the diamond Thursday at New Franklin.
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