A record 27th win was obtained by the Melcher-Dallas Saints in the second round of Class 1A Regional play when they stunned the Twin Cedars Sabers at home Friday, July 12.
The Saints had dropped the two regular season games to TC, despite leading in both. The Sabers went on to win the league title with a perfect 18-0 mark.
Last Friday saw the Saints get out to an early 2-0 lead in the first. They added two more in the third for a 4-0 lead.
The Sabers charged back into contention with a pair of runs in the third to cut the deficit to 4-2.
M-D picked up three more runs in the top of the fourth to regain the momentum in what proved to be a 7-2 win.
Emilie Krpan, M-D’s winning pitcher only allowed the Sabers three hits. Two came in the third and only one hit after that inning.
While Krpan limited TC to three hits, the Saints were ripping the cover off the ball as they finished with 11 hits.
In the first Riley Enfield walked and eventually scored on a throwing error. Hayley Godfrey had an infield single and she scored on a double off the bat of Angel Beaty.
The score inched up to 4-0 with two runs in the third. Krpan reached on an error and scored on another TC miscue. Gracie Mann added a two-out single for the 4-0 lead scoring Kynser Reed, who hit a single.
TC scored two runs in the third when Brooke Roby singled to score Anna Bonnett and Rylee Dunkin.
The fourth inning proved to be huge for the Saints as they regained the momentum with RBI from R. Enfield with a double, Godfrey with a groundout and Reed with another single.
In the bottom of the fourth the Sabers opened with Grace Bailey hitting a ball into the gap between right and center. A defensive gem of a catch by Gracie Mann kept Bailey off the base path.
The Sabers had one hit each from Roby, Dunkin and Chloe Durian.
The Saints had 11 hits, three of them by Beaty and two apiece from Godfrey and Reed.
Krpan fanned five and walked one in picking up the win.
Bailey suffered the loss as she gave up 11 hits, fanned five and walked two. Only four of the seven runs were earned.
TC finished the year with a record of 29-9. The Sabers dropped five of its last six games.
M-D moved to 27-5 with the record breaking win.
It also put the Saints into the 1A Regional Championship game.
“We played the game we’ve been waiting to play. Our bats came around against a very good team. Our offense, pitcher and defense were all there and that made us tough to beat,” stated an excited M-D Coach Jim Crozier.
He added, “I’d call it our best game of the season. It also set a new school record for us for wins in a season wtih 27.”
“To finally beat TC the third time around feels pretty good,” stated M-D catcher Angel Beaty.
“Our defense was pretty solid in this one. The first two times we faced Twin Cedars we made a lot of errors. Getting the win and the school record feels very good,” replied M-D pitcher Emilie Krpan.
TC Coach Zack Dunkin stated, ““It was a tough game and a tough loss. It feels real bad now, but we will use this to build on for next year. Krpan threw with confidence tonight and her defense played well behind her. This loss will stick with them for awhile and I hope it is a driving force to get better over the off season. We want to improve our pitching depth, our overall team hitting and defense and I hope they come back hungry."