The New Palestine softball team posted its most dramatic victory of the season Monday, as Tatum Biddle’s two-run walkoff homer sealed a 9-8 victory over Greenwood.
NP trailed 8-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the first two batters reached ahead of Emily O’Connor, who blasted a three-run homer to cut the deficit to one. After Michaela Jones singled, Biddle came up as the potential winning run, and laced a shot over the fence to give the Dragons the victory.
The Dragons trailed throughout until the walkoff blast. A second-inning grand slam gave Greenwood an early 6-0 lead. The Dragons began to rally with Macy Miller’s solo home run in the bottom of the second. It was the Dragons’ 58th homer of the year, breaking a state record set by the 2017 NPHS state championship team.
The Dragons plated another run in the third, and Jones followed with a solo homer in the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-3. Greenwood scored in the top of the sixth, but the Dragons again answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning. Again, Greenwood scored in the seventh to go up 8-4 before the Dragons’ walkoff explosion.
The four homers hit give the Dragons 61 for the season. Jones now has nine, O’Connor eight, while Miller and Biddle have seven each.
Ashley Prange also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly during the contest.
Biddle led the Dragons’ nine-hit attack with three hits, including a double. Jones had two hits and scored twice. Jaylin Calvert had a single and scored twice. Prange walked twice and scored a run. Kinsey Mitchell also had a single and a run.
Kaylea Bullock got the win in relief, allowing four runs and six hits while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings.
The Dragons, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, are now 21-1 on the season. They next play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Indian Creek.