Hudson Valley Sports Report

PAWLING’S WARD GETS SHIFTY FOR WIN

Softball Standout Emerges The Victor In Pickle Play To Help Tigers To Win

NORTH SALEM – Mykayla Ward clearly has moves like Jagger.

The Pawling High School softball star made some shifty moves when she was caught in a rundown in the top of the 10th inning on Tuesday, but she came out the winner and so did Pawling, 2-0, over North Salem.

“That,” Pawling coach John Hodge said, “was a crazy one.”

It all started when the two teams went nine innings in a scoreless tie, necessitating the tie-breaking rule in the 10th. Ward was placed at second base to open the inning and Kayla Chavarri – who went all 10 for the win with 14 strikeouts – laid down a bunt. North Salem fielded and tried to get Chavarri at first while Ward motored from second and kept on running. She got caught in the rundown but somehow avoided the tag and raced home with the first run.

Julia Krasinski added an insurance run with an RBI single.

And if you thought that was crazy, here’s how the game ended – with runners on first and third in the bottom of the inning, North Salem tried to steal second. The batted line the ball to right field, Pawling’s Olivia Zoeller made the catch and doubled the runner off first to end the game.

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