SHAWNEE— The Prague Lady Red Devils held on to win an exciting 14-13 decision over the Haskell Lady Haymakers Thursday at the Dale Slowpitch Festival at the FireLake Ballfields.
With the game knotted at 13, Prague had a final at bat in the bottom of the seventh, and the bottom of the lineup came up big.
Brittany Harwell led off with an infield single and with one out, Taylor Hodges moved Harwell to second on a single to left. Kaylee Hacker then grounded to third, who stepped on the bag to out Harwell. That set the stage for the 10-hole hitter Carson Coleman.
Coleman delivered a sharp single to center and Hodges rounded third and beat the throw, giving the Lady Red Devils the one-run victory.
“I'm proud of these girls for coming back today,” said Prague head coach Chad Smith. “Our 8-9-10 hitters came up big all day for us.”
Prague cruised to an early 9-2 lead after two innings. The nine runs came on seven hits including a Beth Denney three-run homer to straight centerfield in the first, a grand slam homer by Macyn Anderson in the second, as well as an Adisyn Auld two-run blast in that same second frame.
That's when Haskell's bats woke up. They scored five runs in the top of the third on five hits and a two-out error that enabled the Lady Haymakers four of the five runs.
Prague's lead was cut to 9-7 after 2 ½ innings, but increased it to 11-7 after scoring two more runs in the bottom of the third.
Coleman drove in Hodges and Hacker on a two-out triple to left center field in the third.
Haskell cut into the lead again, 11-10, in the top of the fifth, scoring two more on a bomb from Brittany Priddy. Prague answered with a single run in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Hacker, scoring Harwell for Prague's 12th run.
Haskell tied the game at 12-12 in the top of the sixth before Prague took another one-run lead on a two-out homer by Rachel Ramsey in the bottom half.
Haskell then scored a single run in the top of the seventh to set up the winning play by Hodges.
Earlier in the day, Prague outlasted Moore 15-12 in the Festival.
The Lady Red Devils improve to 16-4 on the season.