Lady Dukes win tournament title in 11-inning thriller
Gloucester High School beat Kecoughtan, 1-0, after 11 innings to win the Peninsula District Softball Tournament on May 22. Gloucester’s Makayla Jenkins and Kecoughtan’s Allyson Babinsack hooked up in a memorable pitcher’s duel, and Gloucester came out on top when Shelby Alto scored from second on a single by Macy Robbins to end the nearly three-hour game.
Jenkins and Babinsack each pitched a complete game that saw few scoring opportunities. Jenkins gave up five hits, struck out 16 and gave one intentional walk to Babinsack, who was equally masterful, striking out 17 and giving up only four hits.
The Dukes threatened in the fourth when Robbins singled with one out, stole second and went to third on an error. Babinsack intentionally walked Jenkins and then Morgan Haywood on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Devon Smith then grounded sharply to the third baseman for a force out at home, and Babinsack struck out the next batter.
The Warriors stranded a runner on second in the third inning and put runners on second and third in the eighth with two outs but Jenkins ended the rally with a four-pitch strikeout.
Jenkins retired the last 10 out of 11 batters she faced, giving up only an 11th inning, one-out single to Babinsack. She then struck out the next two hitters to end the inning and set up the Dukes in the bottom of the 11th.
With two outs, Alto worked a five-pitch base on balls and promptly stole second. Robbins then hit a 1-0 pitch softly over Babinsack’s head that spun away from the shortstop. With Alto rounding third, the shortstop attempted a do-or-die pick up and throw but could not complete the play and Alto scored the game winner.