By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Lady Indians appeared to be well on their way to a win Friday in their final home game of the season.
Madison Central (11-15) had a 4-0 lead heading into the sixth inning before Grant County started to put together a comeback.
The Lady Braves forced extra innings, but Central got an outstanding defensive play in the top of the ninth from Audrey Wade, then pushed across a run in the bottom of inning to pick a 8-7 victory.
“The fight that we had tonight, we didn’t give up,” Central coach Daniel Rogers said. “That’s good. It’s a good way to pull one out. It kind of gets your blood going and makes you feel good about winning.”
Both teams scored two runs in the eighth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Grant County had runners on second and third with two outs when Wade went back into deep right field and tracked down a shot just in front of the fence.
“That was awesome,” Rogers said of Wade’s catch. “That saved the game.”
In the bottom of the ninth, Joelee Hightower began the inning as the courtesy runner at second. She advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when senior Kirstin Spillman put down a perfect bunt.
Central took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Sammy Walczyk singled, Katie Grant and Emily Frakes both reached on errors and MacKenzie Humphrey ripped an RBI double.
Jadelyn Rice singled and scored in the fifth.
Grant County got three runs in the sixth and took the lead in the seventh with two more runs.
“We had a pretty comfortable lead,” Rogers said. “Errors. Just errors. We’ve got to cut that out. We have to stop making errors. This is not the time of year to be making errors. We’ve got to minimize those.”
Central forced extra innings when Rice singled in the seventh and scored on an RBI single by Spillman.
In the eighth, Walczyk and Grant both scored to once again tie the game, this time at 7-7.
MacKenzie Wilder went the distance in the circle for Central.
The Lady Indians are set to wrap up the regular season today in Lexington. Central will take on Henry Clay at 9 a.m., then will face Boyd County at 3 p.m.