By Mac McLeod,
It took a special rule to determine the outcome of the Cookeville-Livingston Academy softball game Monday night in Cookeville, but as it turned out, the Lady WildCats came home the victor in a 10-inning thriller.
Sabrina Garrett went to the pitcher’s circle to get things going and went five and two-thirds innings without giving up a run while her teammates gave her a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Livingston added another in the top of the fifth to hold a 4-0 lead, but Cookeville came back with 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth to force extra innings.
Neither team could score in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings, so the rule stated that each team could put a runner at second base and attempt to score.
Jena Harris went to second base for the Lady Wildcats. She got to third on a hit by Addie Brown, then scored on a hit by Emma Dulworth.
When it was Cookeville’s turn, the Lady Cavaliers put a runner at second, but could not advance her, leaving Livingston with its 11th win against 13 losses.
“It was a really exciting win for us,” Garrett explained. “Can you believe it, they beat us by 17 runs last week, but not this time. It was truly a team win.”
Garrett pitched the first half of the game and Jordan Key came on and finished the job. Garrett gave up 7 hits and 4 runs during her term in the circle while Key blanked the Lady Cavs with no hit and no runs.
Key also had a good night hitting, going to bat four times, getting 3 hits, scoring one run and driving in one. Abby Stevens had 2 hits and Jazlyn Flowers, Harris, and Leah Kate Clark each had one hit while Sydney Moffitt and Dulworth each had two. In total, Livingston’s bats came alive with a total of 13 hits. Cookeville had 7 and each team committed 4 errors.
Livingston will be at home tonight for Senior Night, hosting Watertown in the final home game of the regular season and will travel to DeKalb County on Friday for a makeup game. Tournament action will start next week.