After a steady diet of all-state pitcher Randie Richmond for three years, it was the dawn of the Reina Taylor reign for the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets.
The Rocket senior (11-1 last year as a junior) throttled the Class 3A third ranked Albia Lady Dees, allowing just one run in the first inning.
The Rockets came back with a run in the second with an RBI single by freshman Rylee German.
The game turned into a defensive struggle with neither team advancing runners to the plate.
The game was tied 1-1 going into the seventh inning when Albia all-state pitcher Jenna Lawrence struggled with control, giving up a couple of walks.
Lawrence got the first out on a fly ball to left field, then Lawrence gave up a single and a walk. A pop up to Abbey Griffin at second brought up the top of the EBF line-up with two outs.
Lawrence walked Hynick, who had previously walked and singled, bringing Taylor to the plate. Taylor got around on a pitch and sent it deep into left field, ending the game with a walk-off hit.
Albia opened the game scoring when Makenna Ross singled and scored on a Kennedy Schroeder RBI single.
EBF’s first run came when Faith Roberts led off the second with a double and scored on a one-out RBI single by Rylee German.
From there it turned into a pitching duel. EBF managed just three base runners on an error in the fourth and a single and a walk in the fifth.
Albia didn’t fare any better. Taylor put the Lady Dees down in order in the third, fourth and fifth. A double play in the fourth rubbed off a leadoff walk by Lawrence.
The Dees had two runners on in the second with Abbie Martin and Ellie Spurgin hitting back-to-back singles.
The Dees rallied in the seventh with Rylee Leshen singling and Spurin singling, but both runners were left stranded.
“We were not very focused at the plate,” said co-head coach Jani Dorpinghaus. “We ended up swinging at a lot of first pitches. We didn’t have a good attack.
“But this is just one game,” she added. “Last year we lost this game 11-4.”
Spurgin ended up leading the team with two hits. Schroeder, Leshen, and Martin all had hits and Ross had a hit and scored.
Lawrence gave up four hits with four walks and two earned runs. She struck out four. The Dees committed two errors.
Albia was back in action at home on Thursday with a varsity doubleheader against Mount Pleasant. Details on that game in Tuesday's MN. They travel to Davis County on Friday and are at the Williamsburg Tournament Saturday.