Home steal seals Lady Chiefs’ win

Published 10:20 pm Friday, March 15, 2013

One of the most exciting plays in softball ended the Northview High School Lady Chiefs’ game against Jay High School Tuesday night.

Northview pitcher Misty Doran stole home in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the home-standing Lady Chiefs the 3-2 victory and secure their undefeated 8-0 record.

Northview coach Amy Holland said Doran got to first and stole second before reaching third base with two outs. When the next hitter in the order came up for the Lady Chiefs, Doran made the decision to try for the thievery to avoid extra innings.

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When the Jay pitcher threw a second ball, Doran went for it.

“She had already broken off the base and she kind of stayed there,” Holland said. “As soon as the catcher lobbed the ball back to the pitcher, she took off.”

The thrilling final play made up for a sloppy game for the Lady Chiefs, who were locked in a 2-2 tie late in the game despite not giving up a single earned run.

“They had no earned runs,” Holland said. “We gave them every run they got with walks and passed balls.”

Holland praised the Lady Chiefs’ hitting and senior Morgan Payne for her contributions to the team through the swinging of the bat.

“She is ripping the ball,” Holland said.

Doran entered Tuesday with 77 strikeouts in seven games. That’s an average of 11 strikeouts per game for the senior.

The Lady Chiefs host district foe Holmes County on Tuesday at 6 p.m. HCHS is the only district team Northview has yet to face due to an earlier rainout.
“They have a solid defense and they hit the ball pretty good,” Holland said.