Three times Lady Rattler head coach Buck Chappell opted to intentionally walk Danville’s Brooklyn Frick last Tuesday.
All three times Frick represented the tying run and all three times the Lady Rattlers managed to keep Danville at bay in the four versus five seed of the Class 2A4 West district tournament in Magazine Tuesday, winning 3-2 and earning a spot in this week’s regional tournament, which is also being held in Magazine.
The Lady Rattlers were blitzed by Hackett 14-3 in the semifinals and saw Mountainburg score seven times in the bottom of the seventh inning to win a 15-14 shootout Friday dropping the regional hosts to the four seed.
Lady Rattlers 3 Danville 2
Magazine, who beat Danville for the third time this year, took a 2-0 lead in the second. Emily Staton singled with two down and Kelsey Krigbaum followed with a double that scored Staton. A passed ball and an error that allowed Jaysi Watson to reach made it 2-0.
Frick, who also walked in the opening inning and was stranded, was given a pass with two out in the third and first base open and Courtney Stone got Maddie Stanley to pop out to Kelsey Krigbaum.
She was given another pass in the fifth, again with first base open with two down and Stone got Stanley to ground back to the circle.
It stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Taryn Leslie blooped a double into left field and moved to third on an error. Staton followed with an RBI single and it was 3-0.
Danville leadoff hitter Bailey Hale opened the seventh by drawing a walk and Lisa Renteria reached while trying to sacrifice Hale. That brought Frick to the plate and Chappell elected to load the bases rather than pitch to the Danville pitcher.
Stone retired Stanley on a popup to Braylea Mathews but she hit Karen Fernandez with a pitch to force in Hale. A wild pitch during a strike out of Hally Rial scored Renteria and it was 3-2 with runners at second and third. Stone got Kaitlin Bland to ground to third baseman Adison Bennett to end the game.
Magazine managed six total hits in the game with Staton and Krigbaum both recording two hit games.
Hackett 14 Lady Rattlers 3
Taryn Leslie gave the Lady Rattlers a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but Hackett scored four times in the bottom the inning.
Hackett took control of the game with an eight run third.
The Lady Rattlers cut the lead to 12-3 when Emily Staton singled, Kesley Krigbaum walked and, with two outs Braylea Mathews singled home a run.
The Lady Hornets added two runs in the bottom of the inning for the eventual final.
Mountainburg 15 Lady Rattlers 14
The Lady Rattlers seemingly had the game in hand. They had led the since scoring seven times in the fourth inning and a two run top of the seventh increased the lead to a game best 14-8.
It wasn’t enough.
Madelyn Beasley started the final Lady Dragon at bat with a double. The bases were loaded when she singled in her second at bat, that when coupled with one of five Lady Rattler errors in the inning — there were 12 in the game — rather than two runs scoring, all three scored giving Mountainburg the win.
The ending spoiled a four RBI day for Braylea Mathews, three coming on a bases loaded triple. That was one of two in the game for the Lady Rattlers — Taryn Leslie had one in the opening inning. Savannah Cessna and Kelsey Krigbaum also both had two RBIs.