They were one strike away.
Leading 2-1 in the seventh inning with two outs and two strikes, the Eskomos were looking for a playoff upset of Two Harbors. However, a double followed by a single scored two runs for the Agates and they earned a thrilling 3-2 walk-off victory over Esko in the opening round of the Section 7AA playoffs Tuesday in Two Harbors.
“It was a tough one,” said Coach Brad Emanuel, “but we couldn’t have played any better. We knew we could win going in, we just came up a little short.”
Abbey Saralampi was the losing pitcher for the Eskomos (5-13). Katyanna Emanuel drove in both Esko runs with a double in the top of the sixth.
“We played well,” continued Emanuel. “We played defense and Abbey pitched great. It felt like we put all the pieces together. These girls have come a long way.”