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The Bravettes wait for Cassidy Watts (13) to step on
home plate after her game-winning homer . . .

. . .then it was time to celebrate a 4-3 tournament victory!

Watts re-directs history with one swing

July 3, 2017

It doesn't get much better than this.

Just ask Montezuma catcher C
assidy Watts.

Bottom of the seventh inning, 3-1 Tri-County, two outs, two runners on board, and two strikes the count. Watts had a couple of hacks against Tri-County's Katlyn Little. One was a miss, the other a foul straight back. Little had struck her out earlier, so Watts, who can turn like lightning on a pitch, had to remember to keep her hands back.

The pitch came in, "another fastball, I think," Watts said, and she crushed it, a no-doubt line drive over the fence in left . . and a 4-3 Montezuma win in the opening round of Class 1A regional play Monday night in Montezuma.

It was a heartbreaking finish for 11-11 Tri-County, whose girls did just about all they could in order to put themselves in position to win.

The Bravettes loaded the bases with no one out in the third, but a two-out walk to Shelby Helm produced the only run in the frame.

The Trojans loaded the bases in the fourth. A one-out walk tied the game, then sophomore Taylor Dowd  smacked a hard grounder to the right side, which hit off the glove of first baseman Breck Goodman and bounced off the runner. Two runs scored, and the Trojans led 3-1.

Bravettes right fielder MaKenna Carl, who has been tough at getting on base late in games, doubled to right in the fourth, but was erased in the front end of a double play.

Montezuma still trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the fireworks were about to start.

Montezuma, 16-12 and winners of four straight, now travels to New Sharon on Wednesday, July 5, to take on North Mahaska (13-13) at 7 p.m.

Carl was two-for-three, with two runs batted in.

Jazmine Lebahn had two hits and Olivia Moretz had one.

And we told you about Watts' hit.

Hanna Jones pitched all seven inning and gave up just three hits, doing a masterful job of mixing locations and speeds. None of the three runs she gave up were earned. She walked just one and struck out six.

Did I just do that? Cassidy Watts
enjoys a moment she won't forget.

MaKenna Carl doubles to right. She
drove in two runs.

It was a tough one to lose, for sure. Here, Tri-County
players slap hands with Montezuma coaches.

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