SHAWNEE — The Class 2A slow-pitch softball championship featured the two most explosive offenses of all the teams that competed for a state title Wednesday at the Ballfields at Fire Lake.
Both Rock Creek and Binger-Oney scored at least 16 runs in their quarterfinal wins, and both schools scored at least 25 runs in the semifinal round to earn the right to play for the state title.
While Binger-Oney scored a majority of its runs early in the game, Rock Creek scored the most important runs late in the contest. A home run from sophomore Macy Eiler broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning, and Rock Creek pulled off an 8-7 comeback victory in the state final.
“We just hit it at the right time,” said Rock Creek coach Wade Johnson. “Up until the last game, we managed to score in every inning. In the last game, we did score. But, we were able to hang around long enough until we got the lead and held on.”
Binger-Oney took a 4-0 lead in the opening inning, but Rock Creek battled back for the title.
“Slow-pitch is all about hitting,” Johnson said. “You got to field and play defense, but you’ve got to score runs. At the first of the year, we weren’t swinging well. Then we just continued to get better as the year got along.”
Rock Creek doubled up its semifinal opponent, defeating Stonewall 25-13. The Mustangs hit three homers, each scoring a minimum of three runs. The game ended when Kaytlin Blackburn hit a grand slam in the sixth inning as a result of a run rule.