BETHESDA — Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning against the visiting Churchill Bulldogs varsity softball team, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons trailed by eight. Churchill had just come off scoring six runs in the top of the sixth inning. With just six outs to get, it seemed Churchill was in prime position to walk away with a win.
However, the Barons bats caught fire in the bottom of the sixth, and stayed hot in the bottom of the seventh, leading the team to a comeback.
On the heels of nine runs scored in the sixth and seventh innings, B-CC came back, and recorded a thrilling walk off win against Churchill, 17-16.
“We were down by eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, which was almost enough for them to mercy rule us,” B-CC’s Sally Egan said. “But we kept each other excited and once we scored four in the sixth inning, the momentum was all in our favor.”
That momentum was kick-started by Emma Fairbanks-Lee, the leadoff hitter for the Barons in the bottom of the sixth inning, after B-CC fell behind by eight. She reached base with a single, setting the table for Kalin Condon. Condon drilled a home run, cutting the deficit to six. Julia Dimimck and Anna Jepsen all came around to score in the sixth. B-CC answered Churchill’s big sixth inning, pulling to within four.
Scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game proved yet another challenge the Barons would have to face. However, yet again, Fairbanks-Lee got the rally started with a single. Yet again, Condon hit a clutch home run, and suddenly the deficit was only two runs. Cori Davis, Dimmick and Jepsen continued a string of five consecutive Barons to reach base. All five of those Barons scored. B-CC had leveled the score, 16-16.
After tying the game at 16 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Sally Egan came up to the plate with the winning run on third. While Egan struck out, she alertly noticed that the Churchill catcher had dropped the ball. Egan darted towards first base. Churchill threw the ball to first, forgetting that B-CC had a runner on third. Abby Leff darted home, and the Barons won improbably game, walking off Churchill 17-16.
“A very unconventional game winner,” Egan said.
With the win, B-CC improved to 3-2 overall, and the loss dropped Churchill to 0-3-1.
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