Late offense was just what the doctor ordered Monday June, 10 as the ADM Tiger softball team picked up their 12th win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Ballard.
Set in the confines of Ballard softball stadium, the Tigers were engaged in quite the defensive struggle for the vast majority of the contest. It marked just the third time all season long that the Class 4A top ranked Tigers were held scoreless through four innings of play. There were plenty of anxious Tiger fans as ADM held a 1-0 disadvantage through six full innings of play.
Then, heroics set in for ADM as the Tigers collected one run in the top half of the seventh inning to tie up the game. That sent the game into extra innings marking just the second time all season ADM has needed more than seven innings to take the victory. Even though nervousness might have set in, the Tiger players knew that they could still pull off the win, after-all, they have totaled 14 runs in the final two innings of games this season.
They utilized that in the lone extra frame as the Tigers tacked on three runs in the eight to secure the win.
In total, ADM collected ten hits on the night which included a pair of doubles. Morgan Meyer had a strong night with three hits in five at-bats for one RBI while fellow junior Sierra Wyant went 3-for-4 with a double and also drove in a run. The other double for the contest came via Brooke Hickey who picked up her fourth double of the 2019 campaign.
Inside the circle, junior Abbie Hlas was as dominant as always tossing 130 pitches through eight full innings of work. Given more innings to work with, Hlas added to her already impressive numbers delivering ten strikeouts while allowing just three hits and one earned run. Her ERA for the game equaled out to 0.88.
The overtime thriller officially handed the Tigers their 12th win and a 12-1 overall record. It also kept ADM perfect in conference play at 5-0. The top ranked Tigers will continue their efforts throughout the week with match-ups against non-conference foe Greene County, while battling with conference foes Carlisle and Perry before taking to Henessy Diamonds for a road tournament Saturday against Benton, Ames, and Gilbert.