Nationals 9s & 10s win thriller 13-12

Published 12:06 am Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vidalia Americans’ Savanna Spear tags out Vidalia Nationals’ Hannah Harveston at second base during Friday night’s Vidalia 9s and 10s tournament game. (Lauren Wood \ The Natchez Democrat)

VIDALIA — Trailing 12-6 with just three outs left, the Vidalia Nationals 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars began an unlikely comeback that saw the game get within one run.

Then the lights went out.

With Fisher Iseminger looking to play hero and get a big hit, the Nationals and the Vidalia Americans would have to wait at least 20 minutes before the game could be concluded.

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“It frustrated me,” Nationals coach Barry Iseminger said. “We felt like we had the momentum going, and then the lights went out, and I thought it just killed our momentum.”

But Iseminger’s daughter wouldn’t let a little distraction keep her from getting the big hit. When the lights went back on, she hit a ball right to second base that brought home Haleigh Nunnery and Hailey Ellis, giving the Nationals a 13-12 come-from-behind victory.

“They just never gave up,” the elder Iseminger said. “They just kept battling.”

And having his daughter get the game-winning hit gave him an extra boost of joy.

“It made me feel better, that’s for sure,” Barry Iseminger said. “I was nervous; I didn’t know what she was going to do. But she got the big hit.”

Fisher Iseminger also scored the first run of the inning for the Nationals, coming home on a throwing error to cut the Americans’ lead to 12-7. Harley Murray then drew a bases-loaded walk, sending home Madeline Smith.

Liza Mayo scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball, and a double by Ellis scored Hannah Harveston and Murray, making it 12-11 Americans.

The lights went out shortly afterward, delaying Iseminger’s big hit.

The Americans scored first when Andy Gray came home on a fielder’s choice groundout by Brooke Martin in the top of the first, giving them an early 1-0. They tacked on two more runs in the top of the third when Mallory Hinson and Andy Gray both came home on passed balls.

The Nationals finally got their first run in the bottom of the third inning when Shyvile Blaney came in on a passed ball, cutting the Americans’ lead to 3-1.

The Americans extended their lead to 6-1 in the top of the fourth. Shelbi Cross scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Sara Cockerham, and Carly Delaney came home on a passed ball. An RBI single by Gray sent home Cockerham.

But the Nationals tied the game 6-6 in the bottom of the fourth, their first of two big innings. Madison Passman came home on a passed ball, and Ellis got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, sending in Jordan Sharp. A bases-loaded walk by Fisher Iseminger scored Nunnery, and a fielder’s choice by Mayo scored Ryleigh Probst. Harveston drew another bases-loaded walk, tying the game 6-6.

The Americans scored five more runs in the fifth inning and one more run in the top of the six to make it 12-6 going into the final half of the frame.

The Nationals will play again tonight in the winner’s bracket at 8 p.m., while the Americans will play in the loser’s bracket at 6 p.m.