SAGINAW — Kayla Massey worked out of a one out, bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning to preserve a 1-0 win for the Brock Lady Eagles against the Nacona Lady Indians in the first game of their bi-district playoff series at Lady Rough Rider Field in Saginaw Thursday night.

“This is the first win, playoff win, that we have had in four years,” Brock head coach Robert Klick said after the game. “We didn’t make the playoffs last year. This is a sweet win. It’s a sweet win even though we didn’t hit the ball very well, but hey, a win is a win. We’ll take it.”

Massey had faced no more than four batters in any one inning through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth.

After a leadoff walk, Massey was able to get the next batter to fly out to Katie Addison at short to record the first out of the inning. Massey walked the third batter of the inning and allowed a single to the fourth to load the bases for Nacona.

After a visit from Klick, Massey knocked down a line drive, scooped the ball up and threw to catcher Cheyenne DeLaGarza at home plate for the force out, giving the Lady Eagles their second out of the inning. Massey ended the threat by inducing a fly ball to second baseman Dayla Jones to end the Lady Indians’ scoring threat and the inning.

“She had bases loaded with one out and our defense, we have a dang good defense, we knew we were going to make plays behind her,” Klick said. “She’s not going to overpower anybody. She’s going to let them make mistakes.

“Having a pitcher like that, you’ve got to live on the edge of your seat with every pitch, but she came up huge. She did an excellent job.”

Brock scored its lone run in the bottom of the second inning when Kaylee Crawford hit a ball into the outfield, down the first base line and stretched what looked to be a single into a double. The Nacona right fielder grabbed the ball and made an errant throw toward second base that rolled to the fence on the third base side of the field, allowing Crawford to advance to third and on to home plate.

“I was going to be aggressive with her,” Klick said of the base running by Crawford. “She’s got speed. I was going to make them make a perfect throw, so I was going to take a chance there.

“I’m glad I did, we’d still be playing.”

With the teams being so evenly matched throughout the contest Klick admitted after the game that emotions were running high. He said he expects the next game and possibly the third game of the series to be much like the first.

“It’s going to be a lot of the same,” Klick said. “We can play a lot better as far as hitting-wise, but pitching and defense ... if we do the same, we’ll win. As long as we get the same output from our pitching and defense, we’ll be fine.”

Brock and Nacona return to Saginaw High School for the second and possibly third games of the series at 5 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, is scheduled to start 30 minutes after Game 2.

Brock 1, Nacona 0

NACONA 000 000 0 — 0 4 3

BROCK 010 000 X — 1 4 0

Towery and Kirkendall; Massey and DeLaGarza. W — Massey. L — Towery. 2b — (N) Beddingfield; (B) Crawford, Dayla Jones.

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