With its back to the wall on Senior Night, the New Palestine softball team staged an incredible rally Tuesday. Jaylin Calvert’s three-run walk-off homer gave the Dragons a 6-5 victory, capping a six-run seventh inning.
The Dragons entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 5-0, but Emily O’Connor lit the spark on the comeback with a double to left. Macy Miller followed with a long homer to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Tatum Biddle re-kindled the rally with a base hit. After Lexi Campbell grounded into a fielder’s choice,Emma Tucher reached on an error, bringing the tying run to the plate. A flyout brought the Dragons to their final out. And down to their final strike, Kendal Calvert roped an RBI single on a full count to left to cut the deficit to 5-3 and bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the person of her sister, Jaylin. She ripped the first pitch she saw over the centerfield fence to deliver the Dragons a victory.
Prior to the seventh, the Dragons had just one hit off Kokomo pitcher Lauryn Hicks – a two-out single by Jaylin Calvert in the sixth. Kokomo’s pitcher had sent down 15 straight batters, with O’Connor reaching on an error being the lone baserunner in the first five innings.
Kokomo took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Hicks. A squeeze bunt in the third made it 3-0, and Hicks hit another homer in the sixth to extend the Wildkats’ lead to 4-0. A two-out single added a fifth run in the seventh.
Sam Booe had the win for the Dragons in relief, allowing two hits and two earned runs in three innings. She struck out six. Kaylea Bullock fanned five and allowed two earned runs and four hits in the game’s first four innings.
The Dragons are now 21-3. They next play Thursday at Lutheran.
The Dragon senior class is now 106-9 over four years, with two state championships, three sectional titles and four HHC crowns.