The Christian Heritage School Lady Lions softball team is still alive in the Class A-Private playoffs thanks to a walk-off RBI-single from Ansley Adkins in the second game of its doubleheader on Wednesday at George Walton Academy in Monroe.
After dropping the first game of the Sweet 16 best-of-three series, 2-0, Christian Heritage won the second in 10 innings, 2-1. Adkins' hit came on a drive down the middle with the bases loaded and two outs to score Mary Kate Humphrey for the win.
The Lady Lions travel back to George Walton for the deciding game at 3 p.m. today with a chance to advance to Columbus, where the Elite Eight is played, on the line.
"I've been associated with a lot of ball, and these were two of the best games I've been involved in played by both teams," Christian Heritage coach Mike Leonard said.
Tatiana Chiesa pitched all 17 innings for Christian Heritage on Wednesday, recording a stellar performance across the two games. She allowed just two hits in the first game, three walks and had two strikeouts.
George Walton scored two runs in the sixth inning of game one. The Lady Lions had just three hits themselves, as Tessa Hawkins had a triple and Humphrey and MacKenzie Hoffman each had a single.
Chiesa allowed eight hits in the second game, but struck out five batters. The team's offense also stepped up its game as Hoffman was 3-for-5, Elisa Castelo was 3-for-4 and Chiesa was 2-for-4. Adkins finished 2-for-5 including her winning hit.
Wednesday's effort from each team was hard to describe for Leonard, but he knows the Lady Lions will have to give it their all today if they want to come home victorious.
"I'm super proud of the kids. We are playing really good softball," he said. "I told them it'll be the little things that are going to be what wins this game three."