It was a story-book ending for senior pitcher Megan Bullock on Tuesday night. After struggling with her control on the mound and seeing her team trail 7-4 to visiting Bracken County heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Bullock blasted her first career home run, deep over the right center field fence for a walk-off 8-7 victory for the Harrison County Fillies on Senior Night.
Harrison Countys Lorraine Dennie led off the home half of the first inning with her second lead-off home run in the last three games to tie the score at 1-1. Bracken County scored twice in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead before the Fillies knotted the score with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third.
The Lady Polar Bears scored four more times over the next three innings to take a seemingly secure 7-4 lead into the last inning, before the Fillies rallied.
Dennie lined a solid single to left field with one out to start the rally. Laura Kendall followed with a walk and Rachel Hatfield lined a hard shot to right field that scored Dennie. After the ball got past the Bracken County right fielder, both Kendall and Hatfield moved up a base.
After Charley Hatfield popped up for the second out, Bullock delivered with the biggest hit of her career to seal the win.
We have struggled lately and havent been real consistent, but that is the kind of come-from-behind win that could really help us in the post-season, said first-year coach Christine Garnett following the game on Tuesday. Im particularly happy for Megan since it was on Senior Night. It was a great win for us and shows that we dont quit.
Prior to the game on Tuesday, Bullock, Laura Kendall and Kacey Muntz, Harrison Countys lone seniors, were honored by their teammates and coaches with a nice ceremony. They received several mementos and were introduced with their parents.
Tuesdays win was the second in a row for the Fillies. They traveled to Bourbon County on Monday and came away with a solid 7-0 shutout win over the Lady Colonels. Prior to that game, Harrison and Bourbon completed the tie game between the two teams that was halted due to Charley Hatfields injury a week ago in the finals of the Derby Classic which was held at Harrison County.
Bourbon County held on for a 3-2 win, which made the 7-0 win by the Fillies in the second game count as the Derby Classic championship game.
Even though it wasnt originally scheduled this way, Coach (Tony) Sosby (of Bourbon County) and I thought it would be a good idea to finish up our tournament from a week or so ago, explained Garnett.
Good pitching, timely hitting and some solid defense, particularly by second-baseman Laura Kendall, led the Fillies to their win over the Lady Colonels.
Harrison County wraps up its regular season with a home game tonight against Campbell County, before beginning district tournament action on Monday, also at Shirley field.
In the 38th District Tournament, second-seeded Harrison County will open play with a 7:30 game on Monday against third-seeded Pendleton County. Top-seeded Nicholas County will await the winner in the Championship Game that is slated for Tuesday night, also at 7:30.