Hajarna earn first win on walk-off

Is it a walk off or swim off?
Does Sharks eat Eagles?
Hajarna won their first game of the season.

The Sharks softball team has had a learning season. On Sunday, they learned how to win as well.

The second game of the double header against the Karlslund Eagles started out like the first one – with Karlsund runs being put up on the board. Hajarna had trouble getting out of the first frame and when Maria Månsson had come in and got the outs, it was already an 11-0 Eagles lead.

That would take the breath out of a lot of teams, but not this one.
The Sharks ate their way back. Capitalizing on fringy defense, displaying good baserunning and swinging hot bats all through the lineup. They clawed their way back in to the game and took the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Up 17-14, they looked confident, but this one was not over yet. The Eagles came back and ended up tying the game on a close play at the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh and the game went to extra innings.

In the top of the eight, Hajarna allowed three runs to score and the game looked all but over.
Then came the two out nightmare.
Or daydream, depending on your allegiance.

With the score tied at 20 runs a piece, Maria Kühnemuth came up what would prove to be a battle at the plate. Passed balls and fouls kept on coming until that precious, beautiful base hit dropped in and Hajarna could swim off in to the sunshine with the victory.

Maria Månsson ended up getting all the 24 outs of the second game. While that is impressive in itself, it gets more so considering she also pitched three innings in game one.

Oh, and Karlslund took game one 17-3. Let’s not think about that.