LEXINGTON -- The Lady Eagles were just two outs away from punching their ticket to the 11th Region Tournament championship game on Tuesday.
After a fierce back-and-forth battle with Scott County, Madison Southern led by just a run in the top of the seventh.
Kayla Pigg came back into the circle and the junior right-hander knew the pressure was on.
"I knew I had to come in and do a better job than I did in the beginning and just keep working. We have worked so hard for this and we know what we can do," Pigg said.
What the Lady Eagles could do was win.
Catcher Alicia Venter caught a runner trying to steal second to clear the bases and Pigg earned the victory for Southern by striking out the final two batters.
"It felt amazing," Pigg said of getting the final out. "I knew when it left my hand that it was going to be a strike."
Southern outlasted Scott County 10-9 on Tuesday at Tates Creek High School to earn its first trip to the 11th Region championship game since 2005.
They will face Woodford County tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The Lady Eagles had to fight the entire way.
"The biggest thing we were focused on today was scoring runs early. I knew it was going to be a decent scoring game. They are tough team to beat. I think today we were mentally tougher. I don't worry when we are down -- I never do. They work hard every day and tonight it showed," Southern coach Abbey Stepp.
Southern collected nine hits and Scott County had 12 hits.
With the game tied up 2-2 in the top of the second inning, Scott County took an early lead with a homer to go up 5-2.
The Lady Eagles answered in the third inning by cranking out two homers of their own.
Tessa Juett led-off with a long ball to left field and then Kennadi Story launched a two-run homer to center field that tied it up 5-5.
Four-consecutive walks in the fourth inning allowed Southern to take a 7-6 lead, but the Lady Cardinals answered with two runs in the next inning.
Zaria Carter doubled to tie the game back up again in the bottom fifth and then Southern scored twice in the sixth to retake the lead.
Pigg started in the circle and pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits and walked three and struck out six. Juett came out of the bullpen to pitch 2 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and walked two and struck out three.
Samantha Cornelison was 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and scored twice. Juett doubled and homered and was 2-for-3, scored three runs, had an RBI and drew two walks. Kennadi Story homered and was 1-for-2 with four RBI, two runs and a walk. Pigg was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Payton Griffith doubled and was 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Zaria Carter doubled and was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Kourtney Kitchens had a walk and scored a run. Alicia Venter scored a run.
Southern beat Woodford County, 1-0, on March 28 in Berea in the only regular-season meeting between the teams.