Anna ApRoberts drilled a three-run home run, tying the Saints with Northwest Christian, and then delivered a dash of drama.
In the seventh inning, game tied, Allison Bayer singled and ApRoberts took off.
A mad run to home plate ended in a walk-off run, delivering the Saints (8-7 overall, 6-3 in Cascade Conference play) a sweep over Northwest Christian on Saturday at Centennial Park.
“Anna was right there all weekend,” Saints coach Aaron Jackson said. “She was taking big hacks and just missing, and that one she timed it up and hit a big 3-1 bomb. And then put one in play and gave herself one in the gap. Ran hard. Kinda second-guessed it there on the run.”
Jackson said he made the call for ApRoberts to try for home, but the freshman from Beaverton, Oregon, hesitated. It was the only moment of hesitation on the day for ApRoberts, who went 3 for 4, bringing in three runners on a home run in the fourth inning.
“I was bringing her, and she wasn’t listening,” Jackson said, laughing afterward.
“But we got it done. She made a great slide at home. We were just in chaos there. She’s just a gamer. A kid that we know is going to give us her all every game and just battle for us.”
Northwest Christian had built up a 4-0 lead, scoring a run in each inning, capped up by a two-score home run by Ereanna Higbee.
Carroll had to find a rhythm in the box, finally doing so in the fourth when ApRoberts reached with a single.
“The adjustment came to our process,” Jackson said. “That’s where the adjustment came. Dealing with a pitcher that I guess doesn’t have hard stuff, it becomes a little bit more difficult for us to hit for some reason. We gotta let the ball get deep. We’re 14 games into the season. It’s just getting at-bats and timing. It’s just timing issues.”
Overall, Jackson saw plenty of improvements from his team in the hitter’s box over the course of the season.
“We had two strikeouts again this game,” he said. “We kept putting the ball hard in play and finally some balls dropped and one got over the fence and tied it up.”
Allison Williams got the win on the mound for the Saints.
Carroll picked up a 9-0 win in non-conference action over Northwest Christian later in the afternoon to cap off a four-game weekend sweep.
ApRoberts homered again in the second game, followed along with a triple by Jaylin Kenney that scored two RBIs. Megan McCormick also homered for two RBIs, as the Saints racked up their nine runs in four innings, ultimately winning on the mercy rule.
The Saints are in action next on March 31 as they host Eastern Oregon at Centennial Park.