Madison 1, Osbourn 0
Megan Wolfrey's bases-loaded, two-out, two-strike slow roller in the bottom of the 10th inning of last night's Virginia AAA softball quarterfinal brought home the winning run for host Madison in a 1-0 triumph over Osbourn.
It also touched off a controversy as Osbourn players, coaches and fans argued with the umpires over a play involving two opponents with the same name. Eagles partisans contended that Madison's Caitlin Davis, running from first to second, had interfered with Osbourn second baseman Caitlin Davis as she tried to field the ball.
As Madison's Jenny Matthews scored, it appeared that the speedy Wolfrey would have beaten a throw that never came, but Osbourn Coach Renee Leake nonetheless petitioned the umpire to overrule the call.
"On plays like that, there are iffy calls," Warhawks Coach Tammi Talley said. "I was just watching my player touch home and my other player get to first."
Eagles freshman infielder Davis said the base-running Davis's elbow banged into her, preventing her from making a clean play.
Leake said it was a tough way to end a state tournament game -- a pitchers' duel between All-Mets Lauren Frankiewicz (21 strikeouts, 3 hits allowed, 2 walks) of Madison and Christi Ecks (17 strikeouts, 8 hits, 2 walks).
"The umpires told me the base runner tried to avoid her," Leake said. "I don't mind losing, but I would prefer that the other team beat us."
Madison (24-4) advanced to Friday's state semifinal in Newport News, where the Warhawks will play Eastern Region champion Kempsville. Osbourn's season ended at 19-6.
Madison opened the 10th with a single by Matthews followed by an infield single to the hole at shortstop by Amanda Shanklin. Dari Gore was then called out when she bunted foul with two strikes and Nicki Amouri popped out to the third baseman on her bunt attempt. After Davis walked to load the bases, Wolfrey took the first two pitches thrown for balls. After consecutive foul balls, she reached for an outside pitch and squirted it toward Davis.
"We tried to treat the 10th inning like any other inning," said Wolfrey, "but I knew the stakes. [Ecks's pitches] had been hugging the outside corner of the plate, so we had to hug the plate."
Osbourn had few scoring chances against Frankiewicz, who struck out the side in the first inning for the sixth consecutive game. The Eagles got a leadoff double from Laura Hundemer (two hits), but Frankiewicz, using mostly rising fastballs, struck out the next three hitters. Brittany Campbell led off Osbourn's 10th with a single and got to second base on a wild pitch with one out, but the next two batters fanned.