Kentucky Scores Late to Win the Notre Dame Regional

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with the Kentucky Wildcat softball team again. On championship Sunday all they had to do was beat Notre Dame once to advance. Notre Dame on the other hand had to win twice to move on. Both teams held the lead in a back and forth game. Notre Dame appeared to ice things in the sixth inning, but Kentucky made an improbable comeback with two outs in the seventh to take the lead for good. This was a great softball game to watch in person. It was even more fun to capture with my camera.

Sagermann Does It Again

Nikki Sagermann once again hit a big home run to tie the game. Once again I was out in the outfield when she hit the home run. I really got lucky both times to capture this moment from the position that I was in. As she came to bat I noticed the wind picked up, and I thought that it would be nice if she hit one again. Sure enough she smoked a ball just to my left that knotted the game at two.

A Competitive Game of Pepper

Before every game the team would play a game of pepper. It was a great way to spend some of the downtime before the game, and you could see how competitive this team is. They had some great moments, but none were better than the huddle to decide who has the ball. They would break the huddle, and all perform a throwing motion at once. Of course only one player had the ball, but it was great to see the team so loose. They would need that in the tough moments of each game.

 

 

Joiner Comes Up Big

With the game on the line senior catcher Griffin Joiner down to her last strike knocked in the eventual tying and winning runs. It was a big moment for the senior, and it prolonged her collegiate career. Joiner had a few big moments in the game, but none bigger than this one. She is a fun player to watch.

Bonus Photos

I will just include a couple of photographs here today instead of the usual big spread. You can view my full gallery on the Kentucky website here.



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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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