The Hays High softball team seemed to be in control of their state quarterfinal game in Manhattan on Thursday. That is until the 6th inning. Leading 4-0 into the top of the 6th, Hannah Hearld walked the lead-off hitter and then allowed three straight singles which produced three runs. Madison Prough relieved Hearld but managed to record just one out before Hearld returned. Kapaun took a 5-4 lead on a controversial call at the plate and eventually led 6-4 before Hays could retire the side.
Albany Schaffer led off the bottom of the 6th with a double, but Hays couldn’t take advantage of the hit stranding her at third base. The Crusaders tacked on an insurance run in the top of the 7th that proved to be the difference.
Trailing 7-4, Hays took advantage of two Kapaun errors to score a run and load the bases. Hays trailed 7-6 after a ground out, but couldn’t drive in the tying run from third base with two outs.
Hearld allows four runs (three earned) on two hits striking out 11 but walking six over 6 2/3 innings and takes the loss. She also had two hits and one of the Indians four RBI’s in the game.
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