MADISON — In the end for New Site, all it took was one big inning.
The Lady Royals scored three runs in the top of the second inning and held off a late rally to knock off Madison St. Joseph 4-2 in Game 2 of the First Round of the MHSAA Class 2A Fast Pitch Softball Playoffs.
With the win, New Site (16-8) sweeps the series and will face East Webster in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. Game 1 of the series will be on Monday at New Site at 6 p.m.
“A win is a win, and we’re happy we’re moving onto the next round,” said New Site coach Rodney Moore. “Wind was blowing in today, so it made it tough with the outfield playing in, so we were able to take away a lot of hits.”
In the second inning, the Lady Royals sent eight batters to the plate and scored three runs on two hits. Two of the runs came on back-to-back walks.
“I told the girls to be patient at the plate with their pitcher struggling and what helped us was the walks,” Moore said. “We had people in scoring position to score more runs but ran into bad situations on the bases.”
Gracie Yates had an RBI single in the fourth inning to give New Site a 4-0 lead.
Kayla Loper got the win in the circle for the Lady Royals.
In the bottom of the seven St. Joe got back-to-back RBI singles by Gracie Toombs and Katie Cockern to cut the lead to 4-2.
A fly out to deep center field and a pop up to the shortstop ended the game.
“Nothing has been easy for us this season, so the last inning I’m used to it and didn’t know what was going to happen,” Moore said. “Now we move on to a very talented East Webster team, and we will be ready for the challenge.
Madison St. Joseph finished the season 11-8.