It’s the perfect situation to have in your last high school game. Bases loaded. Two outs. And a chance to blow open a tight one-run game.
Peoria Sunrise Mountain’s Taylor Nowlin didn’t waste the opportunity, putting a pitch beyond the left center fence. Her fourth-inning grand slam helped push the North team to a 6-2 win over the South in the Arizona Softball Coaches Association Division II Senior All-Star Game.
“I honestly didn’t think it was over,” Nowlin said. “I thought it bounced, so I was sprinting. Then I got home and they were like ‘Why were you sprinting?’ I didn’t think it was over.”
Phoenix Shadow Mountain infielder Chandler Andrews got the inning started with a hit that dropped in center field. Sunrise Mountain’s Micala Erickson followed with a single to left field.
A strikeout, fly out and walk set up Nowlin.
“Last time I popped up, so I was like ‘gotta get a hit,’” said Nowlin, who will play at Grand Canyon next year.
Nowlin started the game on the mound, played at first and came in in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game. She had four strike outs though 3 2/3 innings, including all three she faced in the third inning.
Nowlin was named MVP after the game.
Oro Valley Canyon Del Oro’s Alexis Alfonso started at pitcher for the South and Casa Grande’s Kim Meyers took over in the third.
“It was an awesome experience playing with friends that I’ve played with since I was little and getting camraderie back again for one last time,” Meyers said.
Meyers, who will attend the University of Washington, played the third and fourth innings. It was in the third the North went up 1-0.
Paradise Valley’s Alexis Nixon reached first on a bobble by the first baseman. She stole second on a wild pitch and went home on another error.
The South scored two in the bottom of the seventh before Nowlin came in to put the game away.