COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Skaggs shines, but Pikeville drops 13-inning marathon to Campbellsville
BOWLING GREEN - In the longest game in recorded program history, the fifth-seeded University of Pikeville softball team lost 2-1 to No. 2-seed Campbellsville University in 13 innings in an elimination game at the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament on Saturday.
Magoffin County High School graduate Hannah Skaggs (6-9) threw 10 innings and allowed just one run on five hits with two strikeouts, but Campbellsville outhit her Bears 7-6 and played error-free in the field to outlast Pikeville for the win. Hannah Absher and Logan Cline tallied two hits each and Jill Bohnert drove in the Bears' lone run with a third-inning single.
Rachel Denkins (7-1) pitched the final eight innings to grab the win for Campbellsville, allowing just three hits without surrendering a run while striking out a pair of batters.
Bohnert's RBI single in the third was the first run of the game. Lee Griffin reached on a walk to start the inning and a sacrifice bunt and ground out pushed her to third base with two outs, allowing Bohnert to drive her home. That would be the Bears' only run of the game.
The Tigers got the run back in the fifth inning when Brianna Scott reached base on an error and later scored on Alexis Smith's single.
After seven scoreless innings, Hailey Szpila tripled to lead off the bottom of the 13th. Pikeville intentionally loaded the bases to set up its defense, but Jacqueline Roof singled to right field to bring the game to a close.
With the loss, Pikeville closed the 2017 season out with an 18-32 record.
Ninth-ranked Campbellsville improved to 37-12 with the win.