They say, as the tournament trail continues, one play, one pitch, one hit can be the difference in a win or a loss. Nothing was more truthful on a Friday night from Tinora High School.
The Tinora Lady Rams, who were coming in off an 8-2 Sectional win on Tuesday over Swanton, welcomed in the Genoa Comets. Tinora was the #3 seed and elected to play an opener, while Genoa, the #4 seed took a bye. The Lady Rams entered at 15-3, while the Lady Comets entered at 14-7.
A sun filled afternoon awaited both teams, Tinora sent sophomore Scylea Zolman and her 14-1 record, while Genoa sent the 10-6 Kaylan Shields to the hill.
Missing for the Tinora was their lone Senior Quinn Horn, Horn was on the sidelines out of action for the Lady Rams.
In a pitchers duel, Both Zolman and Shields kept hits and runners at a bare minimum through the first four innings.
The first of two game changing plays occurred in the top of the fourth inning.
In a game still scoreless, Genoa’s Maddie Brownowski led off with a single, then proceeded to steal second base. Kaylin Shields smashed a liner at Tinora second baseman Logan McQuillin. McQuillin snagged the Shields liner and proceeded to race to second base, diving headfirst with ball in glove, doubling off Brownowski for a double play. An electricity sent through the entire Tinora softball team and fan base. (Soundbite below)
The second and last game changing play then came from the Tinora starter, Scylea Zolman in the bottom of the fifth inning. The game was still knotted at 0-0.
The Lady Rams Anna Frazier singled with one out, Frazier with her third single on the day, Teegan Norden the followed with an infield single to put runners on first & second with one out. Tinora’s leading hitter Devona Holmes truck out, leaving it up to Scylea Zolman to “help herself out” in a key situation.
Genoa Starter Kaylin Shield quickly got ahead on Zolman, 0-2. The next pitch was a game changer, Zolman sent Shields two strike pitch deep over the left field fence, scoring Frazier and Norden, giving the Lady Rams a 3-0 lead after five innings. (Soundbite below)
Zolman and the Lady Rams headed to the top of the seventh, leading 3-0, and needing just three outs to head to districts.
The Lady Comets made things interesting. Genoa put the first two runners on base to start the seventh with no one out. Zolman retired the final three batters, sending the Lady Rams of Tinora on with a shutout win and to the Districts next week.
The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game went to Scylea Zolman. Great job Scylea!
Tinora improves to 16-3, and will play Eastwood on 5/18/2022 at 6:00 pm at Blue Devil Fields in Holland.