Patriots' 10th inning magic secures sectional crown

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The Heritage Hills' softball team celebrates with the sectional championship trophy after outlasting Mount Vernon 11-6 in 10 innings on Thursday night. The Patriots will host Jasper in next Tuesday's regional matchup — a rematch of last year's regional where the Wildcats were victorious, 8-6.

From Herald Staff Reports

The Heritage Hills softball team is no stranger to extra innings.

After needing eight innings to get past Boonville in their sectional semifinal matchup on Tuesday, the Patriots had a 10-inning duel with host school Mount Vernon that went late into Thursday evening.

After being tied at 6-6 for three straight innings, the Patriots came through for a five-run top of the 10th inning that clinched Heritage Hills’ second consecutive sectional championship with an 11-6 win. The title is Heritage Hills’ seventh overall softball sectional crown in school history.

Mallory Garrison kicked the top of the 10th inning off with a walk. The run that broke the tie came when Sierra Schipp singled and Garrison came around to score on the throw to make it 7-6.

After Emma Eubank walked, Brianna Quinn drove courtesy runner Miranda Keller in to make it 8-6 and then Lauren Caswell ripped a three-run bomb to put the Patriots in full control, 11-6. Needing three outs to secure the title, Eubank sat the Wildcats down 1-2-3 for the championship trophy.

Mount Vernon led 2-0 in the game early but Heritage Hills got on the board in the third inning as Quinn scored Keller and Sydney Richards with a two-RBI double to make it 2-2.

After the Cats regained the lead with a solo home run from Megan Ghrist in the third inning, Heritage Hills’ used a four-run fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Quinn’s RBI double, Haley Waninger’s RBI double and a Mariah Zoglman single gave the Patriots the advantage.

While the Wildcats battled back to force extra innings, Heritage Hills battled past in the 10th inning to secure the crown.

Emma Eubank was 4-of-5, Brianna Quinn was 3-of-5 with four RBIs, Lauren Caswell was 1-of-4 with three RBIs and Hayley Waninger finished 2-for-6 with two RBIs. On the mound, Eubank pitched a complete game victory while giving up 11 hits and six earned runs while striking out nine.

The Patriots will host Jasper in a rematch of last year’s battle next Tuesday in Lincoln City. The Wildcats were victorious last year, 8-6.

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