Monday, September 27, 2021

Harvey claims walk-off win over Hawken

A three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning led Harvey to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over visiting Hawken on Wednesday.

The Hawks scored two runs in the top of the seventh before the Red Raiders game-winning rally fueled by a pair of singles, two walks, a sacrifice fly, and an error on the game’s final play.

Alexa Bailey gave the Raiders an early 1-0 lead when she singled and scored in the bottom of the first inning.

The Red Raiders strung together three two-out singles in the fourth and made it 2-0 when Nya Talley drew a bases-loaded walk.

Hawken responded with four runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead. A pair of singles and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases for Callia Holland, who cleared the bases with a grand slam.

Back-to-back singles started the Harvey fifth and an error allowed the Red Raiders to tie the game at 4-4.

The seventh inning was filled with drama as the Hawks scored two runs to lead, 6-4.

Shannon Shea started the rally with a leadoff single and Holland was intentionally walked with one out. Harvey recorded the second out of the inning but Stella Sommers tripled home two runs.

Adrienne DiPierro drew a walk to lead off Harvey’s seventh-inning rally. Rachael Boykin then singled and Tressa Overbey followed with an RBI single to cut Hawken’s lead to 6-5.

Leah Miller then walked to load the bases.

Hawken recorded the first out of the inning by gunning out the lead runner and then Keristin Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6.

An error allowed the game-winning run to score.

Bailey and Miller both had two hits for the Red Raiders.

Miller made quite an impact in the game as she has missed time this spring as she recovered from an injury.

“She has been diligent with her rehabilitation and was ready when she got the call today,” said Harvey coach Betsy Hada. “Leah was our designated hitter for Cece Cervantes in our lineup today. She came up big with two beautiful line drives to right field and scored a run for us in the fourth inning. Leah is a vital part of our team and always has a great attitude. It was wonderful to see her perform well today.”

Holland and Shea both had a pair of hits for the Hawks.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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