CRESTVIEW — Taylor Rolison scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kelsie Dardon in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Crestview High School softball team a 2-1 win over Larue County Kent., on Thursday.
Rolison led off the inning with a walk to end the evening for Hawk starting pitcher Kayla Skaggs. Skaggs was replaced in the circle by Emillee Cundiff.
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Rolison proceeded to steal second and took third as pinch hitter Taylor Henderson grounded out to the circle for the first out of the inning. Dardon then took a 2-strike pitch to center field to score Rolison.
Skaggs and Crestview's Kristin Bufkin seemed to match each other pitch for pitch most of the game.
Bufkin, who went the distance in the circle for the Bulldogs in picking put the win, struck out five Hawk batters while allowing just four hits and the one run.
Skaggs gave up just five hits and the costly walk to Rolison that turned into the game-winning run.
"She was accurate," Bulldog coach Kathy Combest said of Bufkin. "She was hitting spots outside and inside. She was on it tonight and she did a great job."
Larue's only run came in the fourth inning.
Bridgitte Skaggs led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. She scored on a double by Courtney Johnson to give Larue a 1-0 lead.
Not to be outdone the Bulldogs (15-8) answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Dardon singled with one out to get things started. Bailey Estep entered the game as a courtesy runner for Dardon, the Crestview catcher.
Estep stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Estep scored on a Kayla Kelch base hit up the middle.
The Bulldog defense did commit two errors, one in the sixth inning and one in the seventh, but both times Crestview erased the mistake with a double play.
Kelch was the only Crestview player with two hits. Dardon, Rolison and Gabby Thomas had the other Bulldog hits.
"They did a good job," Combest said. "I thought our defense --after playing Niceville -- we kind of got down on ourselves. But we are making the plays better.
"We fumbled a couple, but they are thinking the game rather than standing there waiting for stuff to happen. They did a great job base running. That's what I'm trying to get out of them is to think the game the whole time and play the ball before it comes to you."
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