Gladstone softball rallies to win 14-13 at Madras
Revenge is a dish best served ... in Madras.
The Gladstone softball team rebounded from a tough home loss to Madras a day earlier to take a hard-fought 14-13 victory over the White Buffalos at Madras High School on Wednesday, April 22.
The Gladiators got off to a quick start, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Gladstone's first run was a leadoff home run by Delaney McNett, the first home run of her career.
"It felt amazing because I have been in a hitting slump for a couple of weeks, so it felt really nice," McNett said. "I got my confidence back."
The Gladiators' second batter, Emersyn Stepp, was hit by a pitch and eventually scored for Gladstone's second run of the inning. The Gladiators could easily have scored more runs in the inning, but an outstanding defensive play by the White Buffalos led to Marrin Mcleod being tagged out at home. The next batter hit the ball back to the pitcher for an easy out, ending what could easily have been a monster inning.
Madras responded with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the first to take a 3-2 lead. However, that lead was short lived as the Gladiators scored four runs in the second on a walk, a hit batter, a pair of singles, smart base running and a Madras error to take a 6-3 lead.
Gladstone added two more runs in the third inning to push its lead to 8-3 as McNett blasted her second homer of the game, this time with Emma May on base.
Once again, the White Buffalos came storming back. Madras scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and three more runs in the fourth to take an 8-6 lead. However, that lead didn't last as Gladstone exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Doubles by May and Allie Grant got things rolling for the Gladiators. McNett then reached base on an error before both Stepp and McLeod ripped two more doubles. A single to center by Macie Latcu scored the Gladiators' final run of the inning as Gladstone regained the lead at 13-8.
Once again, Madras came roaring back, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth to close within 13-10, before Gladstone scored its final run in the seventh as a Latcu double scored Carmen Collins.
Madras responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning and had the tying run on second base before Gladstone was able to get the final out of the inning.
"It was so fun," McNett said. "Those are my favorite games because it comes down to the last inning and the last out. It seemed like everyone just got the hits that they needed to get the season going again."
Gladstone finished with 14 hits in the game, while Madras had 16.
The win pushed Gladstone's record to 4-2 while Madras fell to 3-3.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.