Wallace walk-off hero in extra innings

Published 10:30 pm Monday, August 14, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Cathedral (7-2) led 1-0 going into the seventh inning but a walk tied the game and forced extra innings for Brookhaven Academy. In the ninth inning, Brookhaven Academy sophomore Miriam Wallace stepped up to the plate and became a walk-off hero delivering an RBI single. 

Brookhaven Academy won the game 4-3 with the hit to improve to 10-2 Monday night. 

Wallace said the single snapped a hitting slump for her. It was a pitch to the inside and was likely a curveball, she said. The ground ball to the right side was her only hit of the game. 

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“It felt good. I hadn’t been hitting well so it felt good to break the steak. I had gotten down on myself but now I have the confidence at the plate,” Wallace said. “For us this game keeps us hyped and tells us we need to work hard to win. We were ready tonight but we didn’t have the hits we needed early in the game. We broke it open late.” 

It was a tight game from the start with excellent pitching. Cathedral starting pitcher Lily Crum allowed just four hits in 8.2 innings pitched. She struck out 11 batters and did not give up a run until the seventh inning. 

Brookhaven Academy’s pitcher Kensey Covington pitched eight innings of work striking out seven batters and allowing just two runs to score on eight hits. She had some great defense behind her. Neither team committed an error in the game. 

One of the best defensive plays of the night came from Cathedral’s third baseman Kinslee Young who snagged a pop up and threw a base runner out at first. Young had the Green Wave’s only run in regulation on a solo home run in the second inning. She also had a double in the eighth inning to help the Green Wave take a 3-1 lead. Brookhaven Academy scored three unanswered runs in the eighth and ninth innings to win the game. 

“We came here wanting to win we knew that Brookhaven Academy has always been good. It didn’t end as we wanted but we know we can play with them,” Young said. “It is a measuring game to measure us to see how we would do going against one of the four teams going to state. I think everyone was excellent. Lily, our pitcher, held it down for us as long as we could.” 

Brookhaven Academy takes on Silliman Tuesday night at 6:30.