Down 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, sophomore left fielder Mary Towner pulled Metro within one on her solo shot to center field.
“I just went up there not thinking too much into it,” Towner said of her home run at-bat. “Just relaxed and went from there.”
Sophomore shortstop Susie Oury tied the game with a double to center field, and junior catcher Kelsey Tillery capped Metro’s five-run inning with an RBI double.
The Yellow Jackets scored one run in the top of the sixth inning, after a one-out single and double, but senior starting pitcher Brittany Moss forced two groundouts to end the game and seal the victory.
“We had nothing to lose other than to play hard, play for each other and have fun,” Moss said. “I wanted to play hard for Aubree. I wanted to play hard for her and for our team.”
Moss did just that, pitching all seven innings for the Lady Runners. She threw 50 of her 78 pitches for strikes, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits, over the span of 33 batters.
“B-Moss threw a great game, and she threw a lot better than the score indicated,” head coach Kristi Lansford said.
Metro registered its 15th win of the season with the victory over the Yellow Jackets of South Dakota.
“We got key hits and I think we settled down defensively in the last couple innings to get outs,” Lansford said. “We came through when we needed to.”
Metro overcame six errors to pull out the win.
“We’ve been pretty strong defensively this year, we really have,” Lansford said. “It definitely wasn’t pretty but we got it done.”
Strong can be used to describe senior pitcher Maul, who just finished chemotherapy.
“The support for Aubree has been amazing, it’s been overwhelming,” Lansford said. “All the other teams in the RMAC have been very supportive.”
Metro wore teal jerseys for the game in support of their teammate.
“It was a really emotional day,” Lansford said. “She’s an amazing kid and has got a lot of support.”
Maul’s teammate and close friend Towner added, “[Maul] is a really close friend of mine. We’ve gotten really close since I’ve been a freshman, and just all the support shows what an amazing person she is all around.”