Both the Dresden Lady Lions and the Huntingdon Fillies came into Tuesday night’s softball game at Fillies Field looking for something.
With a win, Dresden would clinch the District 13-A regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The Fillies, on the other hand, were looking to avenge a March 24 loss to the Lady Lions that stood as their lone blemish in district play.
The game was set up to be a big one, and it did not disappoint as Huntingdon came away with a 10-8 win over the Lady Lions.
Huntingdon coach Jay Lowery credited his team’s solid hitting performance as a key in the victory.
“We’ve had our up and downs hitting all year, and tonight we got a few big hits at the plate,” Lowery said. “We made adjustments at the plate as the pitcher changed the way she pitched us, and we were able to put up hits throughout the ballgame.”
Two of those hits came from the Fillies’ lone senior Lydia Hayes, who had three RBI on a home run and a single.
“One of our game maxims that we read before every game is ‘When the breaks don’t go your way, don’t let up, but put on more steam,'” Lydia Hayes said. “That’s what we did tonight. We kept putting on steam and scored runs.”
The Fillies had to put on more steam early in the game, because it was Dresden who got the breaks early.
Millie Bryant led off with a double, and Carrie Hatchel followed up with a home run to give the Lady Lions a 2-0 lead to start the first inning.
The Fillies responded by scoring the first three batters they brought to the plate in the bottom of the first to get a 3-2 lead.
Lydia Hayes’ home run in the third scored two runs and pushed the Fillies’ lead to 5-2.
Dresden answered in the fifth with a grand slam by Kayla Hayes to retake the lead 6-5.
The Fillies, however, once again put on more steam with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth to back up 8-6.
Two more Fillies crossed the plate in the sixth inning on a Sara Beth Hayes single.
Dresden mounted a rally in the seventh when the Lady Lions loaded the bases and scored two runs on Filly errors, but the Fillies’ pitcher Sara Beth Hayes shut the door on a comeback with a game-ending strikeout.