Clinton starter Allyson Whitehead returned the favor by sending down three straight in the top half of the seventh. In the final frame, the River Queens had the top of the order to bat against an ace that was nearly perfect against them.
“The confidence was there, and there was more spirit for the team,” Whitehead said of the difference between Games 1 and 2. For her part, Whitehead kept North’s offense at bay, allowing only five runs and striking out two. “After our little talk (between games), it really helped us come together as a team.”
Cara Brewer led off the seventh and sent a pop up to centerfield. The ball was dropped — an error that put the tying runner on first with no outs. Sydney Davis sacrificed Brewer to second, and a passed ball scooted her to third.
The next batter, Taylor Altemeier, was robbed. She sent a hooking liner foul, up the third baseline, only to be snatched for the second out by a stretching Hope Scheffert, who sprinted all the way from shortstop to take a batter away for out number two.
The Wildcats, again, intentionally walked Keirstyn Davis, but weren’t going to be fooled twice, allowing her to trot to second without hesitating. The game came down to Kayla Altemeier with two outs and two runners in scoring position.
Kayla worked a 2-2 count and fought off several foul balls before Pairrett fanned her for the final out of the game, the Wildcats winning 5-4.
Although it meant another Mississippi Athletic Conference sweep for Cewe’s River Queens (3-10, 3-7 in the MAC), the way it ended was at least something to build on.
“We leave with a little bit higher spirits,” Cewe said. “Not as high as we could.”
Clinton piled up seven hits in the second game, compared to two in the opener. Brewer and Sydney Davis both had two hits in Game 2, with Jenna Stremlow entering the night cap lineup and scoring two runs.