Talk about pressure.
Colonel Crawford's Cassie Sager stood at the plate, her team trailing by a run.
The bases were loaded. It was the seventh inning and Buckeye Central starter Morgan Wurm was one out away from securing a 10-9 Bucks victory.
The count went full. Wurm had struck out four batters, but she also had walked the last two Eagle hitters.
Sager swung ... and missed.
The Buckettes improved to 6-3, 4-2 in the North Central Conference. They looked to be cruising to a win, holding a 10-5 advantage going to the seventh, but the Eagles rallied for four runs.
"It was just a lot of squibby little hits that last inning," Buckeye Central coach Roger Durnwald said. "There wasn't much we could really do about it."
Wurm, who scored three runs and had two hits at the plate, was able to finish things off.
"The pressure was mounting, but she did bear down on the last one," Durnwald said.
Maddie Boes had two doubles, scored twice and drove in two runs for BC. Miranda Wurm had four hits and had four RBIs, scoring twice.
Colonel Crawford dropped to 6-6, 2-2.
Big third inning drops Tigers
ATTICA - One bad inning did in Seneca East Thursday, as Willard scored eight runs in the third on its way to an 11-4 win in Attica.
Defensive miscues plagued the Tigers in the inning, which essentially made up the difference between the two teams.
Kelsey Robinson paced the Flashes at the plate, hitting a home run, a double and driving in four runs while scoring twice.
Seneca East (6-5) was paced by Kayleen England, who singled and drove in two runs, and by Paige Reichert, who had two hits and drove in a run.
Reichert took the loss, falling to 2-3.
Buck,?Springfield shuts down NR
NEW RIEGEL - A Buck turned out to be priceless Thursday. Holland Springfield's Lexi Buck did what no one else has been able to do so far this year: stop New Riegel.
The Blue Devil hurler held the Blue Jackets to four hits and one run in a 6-1 Springfield victory.
It was New Riegel's first loss of the season in 11 outings.
Lauren Zoeller had two hits for New Riegel with Taylor Kirian and Brittany Gillig also knocking base hits. Kara Scherger walked and scored the lone New Riegel run.
The game was tied at 1 in the third inning when Springfield (9-1) tossed up a three-spot. Kierra Hague drove in two and Hannah Girlie also had an RBI.
Blue Devils warm up
CAREY - It wasn't just the weather that warmed up Thursday afternoon as Carey got off to a rough start before its offense got going and it took down Arlington, 4-2.
"We started off shaky," Carey coach Teresa Jacoby said. "We got some hits in the fourth, and the sixth inning was good for us. We just keep improving our batting and getting better."
Abby Hall, Hannah Draper, Sydney Wentling and Ali Rymer each scored a run for the Blue Devils. Draper also recorded a double and drove in a run, while Rymer had a triple and an RBI.
Ali Rymer was the game's winning pitcher, with two strikeouts.
Rams knock back Falcons
MOUNT BLANCHARD - Maranda Stansbery legged out a pair of triples and winning pitcher Sara Gier belted three hits Thursday to key Upper Sandusky's 9-5 North Central Conference win over Riverdale.
The Rams never trailed, but had to use a four-run burst in the top of the second to forge a 5-1 lead. They added two more runs in the third and another pair in the sixth to turn away the Falcons.
Gier fanned six and scattered eight hits and a walk in a complete-game effort.
Stansbery added two runs, Gier singled twice and doubled, Justeen Searfoss singled twice and Madison Vince scored twice and tripled.
Panthers claw past H-L
BASCOM - Things were looking good for Hopewell-Loudon through three innings as the Chieftains held a 2-0 lead over McComb.
The Panthers, though, got back even with two in the fourth, then broke the game open crossing the plate seven times in the fifth. Four more in the sixth led to an early ending, and a 13-3 McComb victory.
Kayla Wilson homered for Hopewell-Loudon (1-9). Gabby Gregg singled and doubled while Shelbi Sauber had a pair of base hits.
Bridgette Swartz had four hits for McComb. Brenna Dee had three hits including a triple.
Adelsperger's blast not enough for OF
OLD FORT - All of Old Fort's run production was created when Allison Adelsperger swung the bat three batters into the Stockaders' game with Rossford.
Adelsperger's first-inning homer was one of only three Old Fort hits, and accounted for its only run as the Bulldogs knocked off the Stockaders, 3-1.
Adelsperger had two of the team's three hits, while Krista Ward had the other. But it proved to not be enough against the Bulldogs, who tied the game in the second and pulled ahead for good with two runs in the fourth.
Alyssa Pence took the loss, walking two, striking out two and allowing seven hits.
Old Fort moved to 6-4 on the season.