Seventh-inning two-out rally propels Cash Waggner to title

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TELL CITY—After having two outs and nobody on base, Cash Waggner rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to beat Tri-State Service & Maintenance 14-12 for the Tell City Women’s Softball League playoff title Tuesday.
Tri-State scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-8 lead and still led by two after each team scored twice in the sixth inning.
Cash Waggner’s first two batters in the seventh grounded out. But then Candy Parks singled to right-center field, advanced to second on a bobble, and scored on Lauren Goffinet’s single to right.
Amber Thomas doubled to right, putting runners on second and third. Brittany Roark then hit a two-run double to left-center, tying the score.
Jessica Varner’s hit drove in the go-ahead run, and she scored the fifth run of the inning on a single to left by Kim Oxley.
Leslie Henrickson led off the bottom of the seventh with a drive to deep left field that looked like a sure extra-base hit. But Oxley ran back and made a nice over-the-shoulder catch.
Two of the next three batters grounded out to end the game.
That was the second inning in a row that a Cash Waggner outfielder made a sensational catch. Right-center fielder Brittany Karpowicz made a diving catch of Amber Taylor’s line drive in the sixth and then doubled a runner off third base.
Goffinet, Roark and Oxley each went 4 for 5 to lead Cash Waggner’s 23-hit attack. Roark’s hits included two doubles and a triple.
Parks and Thomas each added three hits, and Karpowicz and Valarie Van Winkle each contributed two.
Roark drove in five runs and Goffinet added three.
Bridget Bruggeman, Randi Gogel and Tashia McCallister each had three of Tri-State’s 18 hits. Henrickson and Lacey Hawkins each added two.
Cash Waggner beat The Arena 25-1 earlier in the evening and Tri-State beat EverBody’s 13-1 to advance to the championship game of the single-elimination tourney.
Cash Waggner also won the regular-season title with a 9-0 record. It scored at least 14 runs in all but one game and averaged 17.4 runs per game.
Tri-State also placed second in the regular season with a 5-3 record (one game was rained out).
Six Cash Waggner players were on the former Smitty’s Memorial Team when Tri-State beat them by one run to win the regular-season title last year.
Cash Waggner had a new starting battery and an entire new outfield this year when Krystal Lawalin missed the last five games due to training for a new job.
Cash Waggner picked up Oxley, Karpowicz and Van Winkle from the defunct Chappy’s team, added first-year players Emily Hagedorn and Emma Kohnert, and acquired Abby Lutgring when she answered basically a help-wanted ad.
Lutgring’s ability to pitch allowed the team to move Brittany Roark to the outfield, where she played in college for Kentucky Wesleyan.
The constant for Cash Waggner from previous teams was its infield of Parks at third base, Goffinet at shortstop, Varner at second, and Thomas at first.
“I’ve coached a lot of great infields through the years, including the Jacki Ray, Krista Blunk, Kathy Alvey and Holly Richardson group that won the Dale Fall Festival tourney in 1990,” said Cash Waggner Coach Larry Goffinet. “This group is comparable to them.”
Lauren Goffinet won two of the league’s individual awards, taking her third batting title in six years with an .879 average and her sixth consecutive home run title with four.
Krystal Robinson of The Arena won the league’s Sharon Smitley Mental Attitude Award in voting by league coaches.