Battery Creek is one win away from claiming the school’s first softball state title after a 2-1 win at Union County in the opening game of the Class 3A state championship series Monday.
Mackenzie Young went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI for the Dolphins, who were able to scratch across single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and win the pitchers’ duel.
Alexis Ortiz continued her outstanding postseason, striking out eight and limiting Union County to one run and three hits.
Battery Creek broke a scoreless tie in the fourth, when Young delivered a two-out RBI single to plate Bailey Emmert. The Dolphins tagged on a run in the fifth, when Emily Crosby and Ortiz drew walks, then combined on a double-steal with Crosby swiping home.
The Yellowjackets broke through for a run in the bottom of the fifth and had the tying run at first with one out before Ortiz got out of the jam. Ortiz worked around a leadoff walk in the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh to seal the win.
The Dolphins (21-8-1) will try to clinch the state title when they host the second game of the series at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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