Sydney Goyette's solo homerun gives Tigers walk-off win. Photo by Richard Robards
Danville, Ky. – Lead-off, walk-off solo homerun from freshman Sydney Goyette and Georgetown College softball is back in the Mid-South Conference finals. The Tigers won 6-5.
GC will play Cumberland University 2 pm Sunday in Danville, Ky. at Millennium Park. The team will need to win the 2 pm game to force an if necessary game to try and lock up the second bid to the national tournament.
Another epic battle ensued between the Orange & Black Tigers (35-13) and the Lady Tigers of Campbellsville University. It took nine innings, Georgetown led twice, CU (42-17) rallied twice to tie it. This all set the stage for the ice-cold freshman for her second homerun of the season.
One a 2-0 pitch from Martina Riney, the extra inning game was over as Goyette's ball sailed without a doubt over the left center fence.
The Tigers got going with two runs in the bottom of the first. Chelsea Riney started with a lead-off double. Emily Snow went to bunt her over and also reached safely on an error. The next two batters were out, but CU was taking no chance with Sandy Young. They intentionally walked the sophomore. This put the bat in freshman Chelsae Osborn's hands. She delivered with a two RBI single with a low liner past first baseman.
Jessica Claxton, also a freshman, was dealing in the circle and things seemed to be well in hand. The Indiana native had a no-hitter going with just five walks, but a single and a homerun in the bottom of the fifth turned the tide.
Georgetown responded with back-to-back walks and Goyette reaching on an error for a run. Another single and a hit batter set the stage for another rookie to come up big. Hayden Seng's bloop was dropped in shallow left to score another two.
CU got right back in it with a single, walk, hit batter, an RBI walk and an error that allowed two runs.
It was a stale mate through the next two innings despite a few scoring opportunities for both teams. Kayla Williams settled down and got nine of the next 10 batters she faced out, including an amazing double play to end the top of the ninth.
Off that momentum, Goyette dug in and ended the game.
This is the first time Georgetown has been in the finals since winning it in 2008. The Tigers came out of the loser's bracket that year and had to win two games in the championship to win the double elimination tournament. They will need to do the same Sunday against Cumberland. The Bulldogs knocked GC into the loser's bracket with a 3-2 comeback win Friday afternoon in the championship game of the winner's bracket.