HUNTSVILLE — Scott High won both ends of a softball double header here Friday in exciting fashion, winning each game in walk-off style in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The first game saw Scott win 5-4, with a two-run double by Whitney Byrge in the bottom of the fifth inning providing the winning runs. The second game was won by the Lady Highlanders 6-5 on a walk-off RBI single by Michaela Darrow.
In the first game, Oakdale led most of the way, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and leading 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Alex Kazee's first inning run, scored on an RBI double by Darcy King after Kazee reached base with a double of her own, was Scott's only run heading into the bottom of the fourth.
But in the final two innings, the bats came alive for the Lady Highlanders. First, Ajia Huff drove home Byrge in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the lead to 4-2.
Then, after the Lady Highlanders held Oakdale scoreless in the top of the fifth, the excitement started. Anna Sexton and Kazee, the first two batters at the plate, reached base on singles. King followed with an RBI single, driving home Sexton to cut the Oakdale lead to 4-3. Next up was Tamera Dowden, who also reached base to load the bases with still no outs. That set the stage for Byrge's two-run double to end the game, scoring Kazee and King.
In game two, it was Scott High who led most of the way, as the Lady Highlanders took a 4-0 lead to the final two innings before seeing Oakdale's bats come alive and forcing a come-from-behind situation for Scott.
Mariah Hall reached base on a double in the first inning, then scored on an RBI single by Kazee to give the Lady Highlanders a 1-0 lead early. But Kazee was stranded in scoring position, as Oakdale did not allow any more points.
In the second, though, Scott would put three additional runs on the board. Byrge reached base on a single, followed by Montana Wright reaching base after being hit by a pitch. After one out, Shelby Jeffers reached base with an RBI that scored Byrge. Wright then scored on an RBI by Hall, and Jeffers scored on an RBI single by Sexton. The Lady Highlanders stranded two runners but still led 4-0.
Oakdale cut the gap to 4-2 after the fourth inning, then tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 5-4 lead.
But Scott was not finished. In the bottom half of the final inning, Kazee hit a one-out single to bring the winning run to the plate. That winning run — King — hit an RBI single to score Kazee, tying the game at five. Dowden reached base on a one-out single, but Oakdale forced a second out, leaving the Lady Highlanders with two on board but Oakdale one out away from forcing extra innings. Wright was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. That set the stage for Darrow's walk-off RBI single, scoring King from third.