Centennial edges Vikings in 15, 2-1

April 04, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Only daylight savings time kept this game all in one afternoon.

Centennial pitcher Kim May and Mount Hebron's Jenny Joyce dueled almost until sundown before No. 6 Centennial finally eked out a 2-1 victory over the 13th-ranked Vikings in the bottom of the 15th inning.

Nearly 3 1/2 hours after the first pitch, Lindsay von Paris's groundout scored Marcie Kunkel from third base to end the marathon.

Neither May nor Joyce had ever pitched so a long game, and both remained remarkably sharp throughout. May threw 217 pitches. Joyce threw fewer pitches, although no one kept track of her total.

May finished with 21 strikeouts and allowed seven hits. She also walked three and hit two batters.

"My arm really feels fatigued," said May. "I don't think even in practice I've ever thrown that many pitches. It took everything to get it there."

Joyce, who struck out 10, walked one and hit one, said her arm hurt afterward too, but she did not think about it during the game.

"I guess it's pretty wearing," said Joyce, who sent the Eagles down in order 10 times, "but it's hard to give up in a game like that. Your intensity level is raised higher than normal. It gives me more energy."

Through the first seven innings, the two seniors allowed only two hits each.

May surrendered her only run in the 10th inning. After Sarah Eberhart struck out but reached on a passed ball, Kathy Kiersarsky blasted a shot to straightaway center. Eberhart scored, but Kiersarsky was tagged out at the plate.

The Eagles (5-1 overall, 2-0 in the league) stayed alive when Kunkel tripled in the bottom of the inning and scored on Kelly West's fly to center.

After the Vikings (2-3, 1-1) stranded two runners in the top of the 15th, Kunkel singled to set up Centennial's game-winner. Kunkel took second on Brittany Deuchler's sacrifice bunt and reached third on a wild pitch.

Then von Paris grounded the ball back to Joyce, who checked the runner and threw von Paris out at first.

But Kunkel got a good jump and just barely slid in under Kiersarsky's tag.

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