|Molalla (5-18) ... 10 innings|
Corbett's softball team loaded up the bus and headed to Molalla for the second straight day to finish off an 18-15 win over the Indians in 10 innings.
Lindsey Flegel put the Cardinals in front with an RBI-single, and Corbett put three more across with two outs — a series of runs that proved to be the margin of victory.
Isabella Morales drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the winning run and Serena Stencil hit a two-run single to center field to give Corbett plenty of breathing room.
Molalla got its 'second-base starter' home in its half of the 10th, but could do no more in the loss.
Corbett finishes third in the Tri-Valley Conference based on winning two of three in the head-to-head series with Madras, and claims the league's final automatic spot into the 4A qualifier games.
The game was scheduled for Thursday night, and Corbett was three outs away from collecting a mercy-rule win.
Then the bottom of the fifth inning happened.
The host Indians batted through the lineup twice and when the dust settled 45 minutes later, Corbett found itself chasing from behind. Katelyn Streett's two-run single to right field pushed Molalla in front, and Amanda Wendell capped the inning with a high fly ball to the left-field fence to put the Indians up 12-10.
Corbett responded in the sixth, regaining the lead on Faith McQueen's two-run homer.
But Molalla's Rachel DeRosa put a sacrifice ground ball in play to tie the game in the seventh. The Indians had a chance to end the game when Emily Gates smacked a line drive over third base, but Corbett's Riley Mandzij saved the day with a diving catch.
Molalla loaded the bases with only one out in the ninth, but the Indians hit a pair of choppers to Kara Moritz in the pitcher's circle, and she carefully made safe throws home to get the force outs.
After 222 minutes, 29 stranded runners and one rain delay, the umpire waved his hands in the air and suspended play due to darkness.
View photos are davidball.smugmug.com.
Look for an final score update online tonight with expanded coverage ahead in our Tuesday, May 15, print edition.
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