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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Softball: Johnston City edges Bulldogs in extra innings

  • Smiley smacks walk off grand slam for Indians as Johnston City wins in 8 innings over Harrisburg
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  •  Johnston City's Allison Smiley hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Lady Indians downed Harrisburg, 6-2, Thursday afternoon in Johnston City.
    Johnston City's Kendall Baker and Kayla Roach led off the inning with back-to-back singles.
    After Harrisburg retired Kelsie Nagrodski and Emalee Allen, Bailey Mings was hit by a pitch and loaded the bases with two outs.
    Smiley, who has committed to play softball at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville this fall, then stepped in and crushed a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield fence and gave the Lady Indians (14-5) their sixth-straight win.
    "I was just trying to get a base hit and trying to get that runner in," Smiley said. "I didn't want the game to go into another extra inning."
    Smiley was a thorn in Harrisburg's side all afternoon long. The senior shortstop finished 3-for-5, with four RBI's. Nagrodski was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Roach finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Jessa Thomas also added two hits, while Kendall Baker, Bailee Pulley and Nicole Johnson each chipped in a hit for the Lady Indians, who tallied 12 hits in the game.
    "You set yourself up in situations many times so you can try to get the top of your order back up to the plate several times," Johnston City coach Scott Hutchinson said. "The bottom side of our order did produce today, but the top side struggled. (Harrisburg's) Hannah Jones is a good pitcher, so we've got to make earlier adjustments in the ballgame in order to score more runs earlier on. We almost waited too long to make our adjustments."
    Harrisburg struck first when Hannah Jones reached and scored on Whitney Younger's RBI single.
    Johnston City tied the game at 1-1 when Nagrodski drove in Roach in the bottom of the second.
    Harrisburg retook the lead with a run in the top of the third. Ashley Ferrell singled and then scored on Kaitlyn Hutchinson's RBI double to put the Lady Bulldogs up, 2-1. 
    Johnston City tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Pulley singled, stole second and third and then scored on a passed ball.
    The game remained tied until the game went into extra innings and Smiley ended it in the eighth.
    "We aren't doing the little things that win ballgames," Harrisburg coach Red Stafford. "We aren't doing the fundamental things and it shows up in our record (8-15). We are leaving too many runners on base and not cashing in on opportunities."

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