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Blint’s walk-off lifts Tigers past Wolves

Jun 21, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger New London’s Camryn Blint knocks in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

NEW LONDON — New London’s Camryn Blint and Winfield-Mt. Union’s Madie Anderson went punch-for-punch on Tuesday night in the circle, but it was Blint’s bat that proved the difference in a 2-1 New London win.

Blint hit a walk-off double to left-center field that brought in teammate Carson McSorley as New London escaped the Wolves in their first matchup of the season.

The two starting pitchers kept the game hitless through three innings as both Blint and Coleman cruised through their first time through the opposing lineup.

Laney Loyd knocked in McSorley in the bottom of the fourth for New London to break the scoreless tie, but Maci Richardson tied it up in the top of the sixth when she knocked in Jenna Buffington.

The Wolves had runners on in the sixth after Richardson’s RBI, but New London was able to escape the jam. The game stayed tied for the next two innings until the game went into extra innings.

W-MU went scoreless in the top of the eighth. With one out in the bottom half, McSorley shot a single into center field. She stole second with a head-first slide, barely beating a nice throw from Wolves’ catcher Hannah Mathews.

Blint originally tried to bunt herself on, but ended up in a 2-2 count before taking a big swing. She split the outfielders and sent McSorley home for the winning run.

“Well, I struck out right before that twice, so I was just trying to get a hit,” Blint said after the game. “I knew that Carson was on second and all we needed was one run, so I was trying to put it in play.”

Blint finished with 12 strikeouts on the day, one more than Anderson who had 11.

“It’s always fun to strike people out,” Blint said about her battle with Anderson. “Going back and forth made it even more (exciting). I needed to strike people out just like she was, so we could stay in the game.”

After the win, New London coach Duane Blint talked about his daughter’s game winning hit. “I told her, ‘if you get to that point, just sit on one (and) lay off the high stuff. You get one in your zone, she supplies the power,’ and that’s what happened right there. It was a solid hit.”

Coach Blint also gave very high praise to Anderson, who continues to impress for W-MU in her eighth-grade year.

“She kind of reminds me a little bit of (former New London pitcher) Morgan (Christner), when Morgan was young,” he said. “She’s got a lot of potential (and) she’ll only get better.”

After the game, W-MU coach Amanda Richardson said the Wolves’ offense just didn’t do enough to compliment a solid defensive outing.

“We didn’t put the ball on the bat,” she said. “Twelve strikeouts definitely isn’t going to win you the game.”

She also spoke towards the team’s potential in the postseason, saying when the offense is rolling, the Wolves are dangerous.

“If we start putting everything together at one time, watch out in the postseason,” Richardson said. “This team can be competitive.”

New London moved to 8-7 overall this year with the win. They’ll face Class 4A No. 8 Mt. Pleasant on the road tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.

W-MU fell to 6-9. They’ll head back home to take on Pekin on Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m.

 

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