KIMBERLY — Spain Park's Mary Kathryn Bonany scored what proved to be the winning run on a controversial play at the plate, as they defeated Mortimer Jordan 3-2 in girls softball action Tuesday.
When the Jaguars' Caroline Parker hit a line drive to center field that was caught on the run by the Devils' Shelby Maze, Bonany took off from third base and scored – but Jordan coach Shawn Maze thought she left too early.
Maze called for an appeal play, but the home plate umpire ruled Bonany was safe, which brought a vociferous argument from the normally mild-mannered coach.
He was equally upset on the last play of the game. Pinch hitter Abagail Crane hit a lead-off double, then went to third on a grounder by Natalie Landers. Shelby Maze then hit a ground ball to the pitcher who threw to Bonany at first for the out – except that it appeared Bonany dropped the ball, which would have allowed Crane to score and tie the game.
The umpire ruled that Bonany held on, though, and the game was over.
Bonany had put the Jags ahead in the second inning when she hit a full-count delivery from Jordan pitcher Bailey Murphy over the left field fence for a solo homer.
The Devils answered in the fourth when Alexandra Copeland hit a towering homer over the center field fence to score herself and Morgan Cantrell.
Spain Park (15-3) tied the game when Destini England's single brought home M.K. Tedder just before Parker's sac fly.
Murphy struck out nine Jaguar batters, as she went the distance in the loss. Julie Knight went the distance for Spain Park in the win, allowing four hits and two walks while fanning eight.
Jordan (6-3) goes to Hartselle on Thursday.