Norfolk, Lincoln North Star split series in two wild games
If you were to script two softball games to make them as intense as possible, you probably wouldn't have been too far off from tonight's outcomes between the Norfolk Panthers and the Lincoln North Star Navigators.
In the first game, Norfolk rang victorious on its home field 11-10, which included a walk-off win. In the second game, Lincoln North Star came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 7-6. Here's how it all unfolded:
The Navigators started off hot in the opening game of the double header, scoring four runs, thanks to some solid hits and a few Panther defensive mistakes.
As fast as the scoring started for Lincoln North Star, Norfolk got in on the action. The Panthers scored five runs in the bottom of the first, capped off by a two-run blast from Brylee Severance to lead by a run.
The Navigators put on three more runs in the top of the second, followed by two runs for the Panthers in the second and third.
The lead continued to shift back and forth throughout the game, up until the bottom of the 7th inning.
Tied 10-10, with one out, Kylie Baumgard singled up the gap, followed by stealing second. This brought Miley Wichman up to bat, who completed an impressive 4 for 5 game at the plate with a walk-off single shot past third to score Baumgard for the win.
In game two of the doubleheader, Norfolk looked to continue where it had left off, leading 4-0 after two innings of action. Lincoln North Star left multiple runners at bay during the next three innings before finally finding pay-dirt with a three-run 5th inning and in the 6th, a two-run launch from Piper Ruhl to give the Navigators a one run lead.
Lincoln North Star tacked on two more in the final inning to lead 7-4, giving Norfolk one more chance.
The Panthers rallied with runs from Henley Morris and Peyton Schnoor in the bottom of the 7th and had a chance with two runners on and two outs. But Brylee Severance's hard hit line drive was extinguished by Tessa Chaloupka to give a tight victory to the Navigators in game two.
Norfolk moves to 9-4 on the season, still impressing thus far into the 2022 season.
For Lincoln North Star, they get to 3-9 and snap a six game losing skid. The Navigators, who had lost all five of their one-run games, finally pick one up at Ta Ha Zouka Park in Norfolk.