It was a rollercoaster of a senior night for the Centralia High School Lady Panthers the evening of October 2 at Centralia’s Bicentennial Park.
Scoring hits by Ella Holiman, Mary Kate Bennett and Lynsie Curtis helped Centralia give Palmyra a lesson in comeback softball and never giving up. Down by six runs at one point, Centralia hit back with a six-run drive in the bottom of the seventh to beat CCC foe Palmyra 9-8.
“That’s why you don’t give up, right there,” said Kendra Murphy, Lady Panthers head softball coach, gesturing at the scoreboard during the team’s post-game huddle. “That’s why you don’t give up. Now, should they have that many runs to begin with?”
After the team answered with a loud “no,” Murphy continued. “There were errors…You’ve got to make sure, when that ball’s hit to you, it is your first priority to do a double. When that ball comes to you, you’ve got to do everything possible to knock it down. You’ve got to take pride in what you do. When you see that ball coming, you’ve got to say ‘Dad gum it that ball is not getting past me.”
Palmyra Head Coach Jill Arch said the ending, coming after having led Centralia for six Innings was not one she expected either.
She said her starter was Lauren Betrace, who threw mainly drop and curve balls. “Her pitch count was high and she got hit with a pitch earlier so we decided to pull her,” Arch said when asked if it was fatigue that enabled Centralia to start stacking hits in the late innings. Palmyra put in Lydia Alltop, a sophomore to finish.
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