Sexton’s grand-slam saving catch propels Jenks over Kellyville
KELLYVILLE – The Lady Trojans softball team was a few inches away from being run-ruled Monday at Kellyville, but thanks to centerfielder Dacia Sexton’s grand-slam saving snag above the centerfield wall, Jenks was able to mount a 7-4 comeback win.
Kellyville couldn’t have asked for a better script to close out the game. The 2019 Class 5A Slow Pitch State Champions had their best player at the plate, Kailyn Bearpaw, with the bases loaded, two outs and a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Lady Trojans had intentionally walked Bearpaw every time she came to the plate up to that point, but the Jenks coaching staff made the decision to give her two looks outside of the strike zone to see if Bearpaw would chase.
Jenks’ pitcher Kayla Adams delivered the first pitch and it was called a strike on the outside corner. Lady Trojan coach Todd Williams said, “I thought we were pitching it where she can’t hit it?”
The very next pitch was in the same location and Bearpaw connected.
“I’m thinking the game is over,” Williams said.
The run-rule is up by eight after five and a homerun in that situation would have sent Jenks home.
Bearpaw’s line drive was screaming its way out of the park when Sexton leaped up at the fence and pulled it back in for the third out.
Sexton’s miraculous catch gave the Lady Trojans the energy they needed to make the comeback.
Jenks scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and three in the top of the seventh to secure the three-run victory.
Natalie Rodman, Avery Brewer and Adams all had 2-RBI doubles and Adams scored on a wild pitch.
Adams got the win in the circle for Jenks.