LITTLE FALLS, NJ - In the bottom of the 27th inning, Juggernaut centerfielder Venus Taylor scored shortstop Lyndsey Klein with a single to right for the 3-2 win against the New England Riptide. Klein went 4-for-10 on the night. The game that took place at Montclair State University lasted six hours and ten minutes. Gina Oaks earned the win going five innings, giving up no runs on four hits, and one walk, while Dana Sorenson took the extra-inning loss, pitching 13.2 innings, giving up 11 hits and one earned run.
New England took the lead in the 13th inning when left fielder Ashley Moore scored on an error by Taylor. However, the lead didnt hold as Juggernaut first baseman Kellie Wilkerson singled to center to score Oaks and even the tie at two in the bottom of the inning. Wilkerson led the Juggernaut offensively with six hits in 11 at bats and two RBI. The game would go 14 more innings before another run would score.
The Nauts jumped on the board right away when first baseman Wilkerson scored second baseman Carri Leto with a single to right in the first inning. Leto led off the inning with a single up the middle.
The Riptide scored their first run when right fielder Sara Jewett answered the Juggernauts offense in the first with a lead off solo homerun that cleared the scoreboard in left center. Second baseman Nicole Thompson led the Riptide at the plate, with four hits on the night.
Pitcher Kaci Clark started the game for the Juggernaut and pitched 22 full innings, giving up 10 hits, just one earned run and one walk, while striking out 20. Riptide starter Leigh Ann Ellis went 13 innings, giving up 12 hits, two earned runs, and one walk, while striking out five.