No one from Logan-Rogersville was hiding how much last Thursday’s win over McDonald County meant.
“It’s always our favorite game –– at least my favorite game –– we talk about it all year,” L-R senior catcher Jenna Lane said.
As a sophomore, Lane hit an unforgettable game-winning grand slam that pushed her team past the Mustangs in sectionals. With her team ranked first in Class 3 and McDonald County No. 4 in Class 4, she blasted the first of the Lady Wildcats’ three home runs in a 9-7 victory.
When asked if she particularly enjoyed going yard against them, Lane replied, “Yes, my third one. It felt great.”
Since suffering a 3-2 loss to the Mustangs in 2018, L-R and the senior class that includes Lane have now taken four straight from them. All have been decided by three runs or less.
None have seen so many balls leave the yard as this one, though. Cassidy Coambes' two-run homer followed Lane’s solo shot in the bottom of the third that put the Wildcats ahead 5-2.
The Mustangs returned the favor in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Reagan Myrick took the ninth pitch of her at-bat against Jenna McKenzie over the fence to tie the game 5-5. Two pitches later, Jacie Frencken put it over the wall in left field to give McDonald County the lead.
Fittingly, a grand slam decided the affair when L-R took the plate next. Kendall Meadors and Rachel Bass hit back-to-back singles, then Lane walked to load the bases. With two outs, Maddie Evans drove the first pitch from Neveah Dodson out of the park for the three-run lead.
“It was high, down the middle,” Evans said. “I kind of knew it was going over, but I wasn't positive, so I was running hard. I was thinking it was the perfect time to do it with the bases loaded.”
That didn't stop the Mustangs from making it another nail-biter. Dodson doubled to center to start the top of the sixth, then scored on a line-drive single. Madeline McCall singled as the next