Wild finish gives Lake Highlands win over Pearce and 9-5A softball title

A wild pitch was the fitting conclusion to Tuesday’s battle between the top softball teams in District 9-5A.

The winning run scored while Richardson Pearce was attempting to walk Lake Highlands’ Mary Kate Brennan with the score tied in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The errant pitch allowed pinch runner Meredyth Albert to score and give Lake Highlands an 11-10 win as well as the outright District 9-5A title.

Lake Highlands (17-3, 10-1) came back from a 5-1 deficit only to see a five-run lead evaporate in the top of the seventh, at home.

With a win, Pearce (16-6, 8-3) could have pulled into a tie for the district lead with one game remaining. A five-run second inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Maggie Plum, put Pearce in control temporarily.

Lake Highlands clawed its way back and appeared to be in command with a 10-5 lead after a four-run sixth that included two steals of home.

A two-run double by Maddie Wallace fueled Pearce’s rally in the top of the seventh to knot the score at 10-all.

In the bottom of the seventh, a leadoff walk by Jordin Miller followed by a sacrifice by Elisabeth Wallace and a single by Abby Harris put the potential-game winning run at third for Lake Highlands.

Pearce pitcher Olivia Red was attempting to pitch around Brennan, who had tripled, doubled and singled earlier, when the game’s final pitch got away.

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