With outfield fences that aren’t more than 200-225 feet from home plate, inside-the-park homeruns are something of a rarity in fastpitch softball, even for the fastest of players.
But the sport’s toughest hit does occasionally happen and it happened for the Heritage Generals on Monday night….at the most opportune time.
Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, freshman Bailey Christol delivered the most important hit of her young high school career. Christol sent a shot into the left-centerfield gap and circled the bases in time for the walk-off that gave Heritage a clutch 3-2 home win over Gilmer on Monday.
Christol was the only Heritage player with two hits on the night, while five more Generals had one hit, including a double by Madi Morris. Morris and Katie Proctor also had one RBI each.
Heritage took a 1-0 lead in the third, but the Lady Bobcats took the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. The Lady Generals would get the equalizer in the bottom of the fifth.
Taelyn Bates started in the circle and pitched five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. She finished with three strikeouts. Rachel Gibson worked the final two innings to get the win in relief. She ended the night with four strikeouts.
Heritage (14-7, 5-4) will face LaFayette in a big region contest in south Walker County on Tuesday, starting at 5:55.