A see-saw WCC softball matchup between Greencastle and visiting Speedway lasted nearly three hours and 11 innings last night, with the Tiger Cubs finding the short end of the stick, 12-8.
After the opening two frames , the Cubs led 3-2, but things got offensive and interesting after that.
Speedway sent eight batters to the plate in their half of the third, scoring three runs on three hits and taking a 5-3 advantage.
Greencastle responded in the bottom half with four runs of their own , as the Plugs came unraveled a bit defensively. The Tiger Cubs managed only one hit in the inning by senior Sarah land, but three Sparkplug miscues allowed the Cubs to take a 7-5 lead.
In the top half of the seventh, after Jessica Miller had come into replace starter Brianna Baker, Speedway was able to tie the game with two of their own, both runs being unearned.
Greencastle was unable to score in the bottom of the seventh, thus sending the ballgame into extra-innings.
Speedway took the lead in the top of the ninth, as starting pitcher Tharp went deep to left field for a solo shot that put the plugs on top 9-8
Not to be outdone, the Cubs would not let the contest get away that easily, as they also pushed one across in the bottom of the ninth. After Mallory Miller led off with a single. Sarah Land, who was 2-3 on the evening, walked to put Miller into scoring position. Brianna Baker then took advantage of a Speedway miscue, getting on base herself and enabling Miller to score the tying run.
Things settled down for both clubs until the 11th when Speedway erupted for four runs on five hits, putting the game essentially out of reach.
The Tiger Cubs mounted a small rally in the bottom of the inning when they placed their first two runners on base, but were unable to capitalize.
Speedway 113 000 201 04 -- 12 14 5
Greencastle 214 000 001 00 -- 8 9 6