Hornets Walk-Off in Clermont

Hornets Walk-Off in Clermont

CLERMONT, Fla. – Lyndon earned its third win on the season Thursday afternoon taking down Houghton College 6-5 in extra innings. The Hornets lost the first game on the day to Augustana College, 8-0. 

Lyndon Head Coach Bill Johnson said it was hard for his team to know what to expect from the Vikings. 

"Its tough to prepare for a game against someone you don't know much about," he said. "You have to be ready to be on top of your game whenever you're playing someone like Augustana."

Tori Maslan pitched for Lyndon in game one, giving up just two earned runs. Augustana plated eight runs on seven hits, while Taylor Young delivered Lyndon's lone hit. Johnson said he is looking forward to a rematch with Augustana on Saturday. 

"I'm curious to see what the players will bring to the table when we play them again," he said. "Now we know what they can do so we can adjust."

Lyndon was able to jump out to an early lead in game two against Houghton, giving the Hornets early momentum. It all started when Dakota Crane singled, but the Houghton outfielder could not field the ball cleanly and Crane was able to advance all the way to third base. Young would step into the batters box and drive one to deep left field, picking up a double and scoring Crane. Jillian Emery would come home on a wild pitch to put the Hornets up 3-0. 

The Highlanders got back to within one, scoring two runs in the second inning. Lyndon would gather their fourth run in the fourth inning when Brooke Dolloff scored on a wild pitch. 

Houghton's comeback would begin the sixth when Adrean Tiffany drew a leadoff walk. Morgan York would add a double to center field, where an error would occur. York advanced to third and Tiffany scored, cutting the Lyndon lead to one. York would end up scoring on a wild pitch, tying the game at four. 

"We were tested on many levels in the second game," said Johnson. "I knew it would be a different game because Houghton wasn't going to roll over and die for us."

We would head to extra innings where the international speed-up rule would take effect. The international speed up rule allows the team that is batting to place a runner on second base. Houghton took advantage of it in the eighth and took a 5-4 lead. 

Lyndon battled back in there half of the inning as Crane took advantage of a wild pitch that moved her to third. A Young single brought Crane home to tie the score at five. Young would steal second base, putting her in scoring position. Emery would hit a line-drive single to right field putting the winning run just 60 feet away. Katie Davis delivered a hard hit ball to the second baseman, allowing Young to come home and the Hornets to walk-off with the victory.  

The Houghton Comeback may have forced extra innings, but the resiliency of the Hornets proved to outmatch that of the Highlanders. Johnson was impressed. 

"We have become a far different team than we were five days ago," he said. "I thought the kids did a great job, they showed they could overcome adversity."

With the victory and the loss, the Hornets move to 3-5 on the season. Lyndon's next game will be tomorrow morning when they take on Ohio Northern at 9:00 a.m. and the University of Michigan at Dearborn at 11:00 a.m.

"It all comes down to consistency," said Johnson. "We need to tighten up our defense a little bit but I like our chances in the next four games."

By Matt Drew, Sports Information Assistant