Things grew tense on the Monument Mountain softball team’s bench in the top of the seventh inning of its matchup with Lenox Tuesday afternoon.
Leading by five runs heading into the frame, the Millionaires scored four and had runners on second and third with only one out.
Monument pitcher Rhiana Louw was tiring and struggling with command, having walked 10 batters on the afternoon.
Spartans coach Scott Annand paced, but remained stoic, not wanting his players to panic in what was a stress-filled situation. He didn’t even acknowledge the tying run to his players. He just waited.
And it worked.
Louw and the Spartans closed out the next two outs on a popup and a ground ball, walking a tightrope to a 17-16 home victory.
“We’re still a work in progress, as we know,” Annand said after the game. “We scored a lot of runs and did things that way, but we have to keep pushing forward. Better to win ugly, I told them, than to lose pretty.”
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