That set the stage for Romine, who crushed a pitch from Hartshorne’s Becca Ashlock over the wall in center field, scoring Wood and Cook and giving Crowder an 11-1 lead.
“It was like chest-high,” Romine said of the pitch. “I like them high, but no one pitches them to me high.”
With the run-rule in effect, Hartshorne needed to score in the top of the fifth to extend the league. Instead, Demonettes starter Roach retired the top of the Lady Miners lineup, 1-2-3.
Roach pitched a complete game, limiting the Lady Miners to one run on six hits and a walk in five innings. She didn’t strike anyone out but retired the final seven batters she faced.
Crowder’s postseason begins today when it hosts Gore in a best-of-three district tournament. Hartshorne travels Latta today, opening its district tournament against Konawa.
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