By Daniel Herrick
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning to visiting Defiance on Monday evening, Kalamazoo center fielder Maddy Sinkovich stepped up to the plate with teammate Katie George running on first. Sinkovich hit a ball deep to center field that sent George flying off first base. By the time Defiance got the ball to their cut-off man, Sinkovich was coming into second for a stand-up double and George was rounding third looking to tie the game.
Hoping to throw George out at the plate, the relay throw came home. A perfect throw may have been enough to catch George, but an errant throw by the shortstop allowed her to score easily. As soon as Defiance relayed the ball home, Sinkovich was darting toward third and she did not slow up as the relay bounced past the Defiance catcher and rolled to the backstop. The Yellow Jackets were quick to regain control, but the catcher’s flip to the pitcher covering home was not fast enough to get Sinkovich as she capped off her 240-foot sprint around the bases with a head-first slide to avoid the tag for a Hornet walk-off victory: 3-2.
The victory completed the two-game sweep of Defiance for the Hornets and improved Kalamazoo’s overall record to 9-15. With six games still to play this season, the Hornets have already surpassed their previous two seasons’ win totals combined.
The team is in action next on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. for a doubleheader at home against Alma College. The Scots are currently 5-7 in the MIAA, while the Hornets hold a conference record of 2-10.
K will finish out their home season on Saturday with a doubleheader against Olivet commencing at 2:00 p.m. The final home game of the season is usually reserved for senior night; however, this Hornet team has no seniors on the roster. Instead of celebrating four-year careers, the Hornets will celebrate the present and future of the program, as the Field Dedication Ceremony for the new softball field will be held prior to game one.