Sheridan Wayne belted a three-run homer late to help the Midland softball team knock off No. 12 Lindsey Wilson (Kentucky) 8-5 in eight innings in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament on Monday in Marion, Ind.
The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Millard South graduate Roni Foote hit a three-run homer for Midland. The Blue Raiders answered with a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth, and then made a two-out rally in the seventh to force extra innings.
With the heart of the lineup taking its turn in the eighth, Midland got a one-out single from Kaitlyn Rickey before Diana Nisbett reached on an infield hit. Carly Pfitzer, who had three hits including a homer, broke the 4-4 tie with an RBI single before Wayne launched the dagger.
Lincoln East graduate Emily Prai added two hits for the Warriors (37-10), who will play Indiana Wesleyan at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
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