The Hastings College softball team was about one inch away from tying the first game of Sunday’s twin-bill with Peru State College, and then was one out away from winning game two.
But sports can be cruel sometimes.
The Broncos (13-14, 4-2 GPAC) dropped both games to the Bobcats, 3-2 and 9-6, capping off a 1-3 weekend after a split Saturday against conference foe Northwestern.
Heading into the ninth inning of the first game against Peru, the Bobcats held a 3-1 lead. Anna Gerhard singled to right field and later advanced into scoring position on a past ball.
The Broncos next batter, Heather Sabata, looked to have hit the equalizing home run, but her deep shot to right field caromed of the top of the wall. Gerhard scored from second, but for Sabata, it was just a loud single.
Morgan Fisher kept the scoring threat alive with a two-out single, but Bobcats’ reliever Devon Massengale held on to earn the save and leave the Broncos wondering what could’ve been had Sabata’s hit carried just a few more inches.
The Broncos suffered a shaky start to fall behind 2-0 in game two, but responded with a four spot in the bottom of the fourth inning. They pushed that lead to 6-3 heading into Peru’s final at-bat. Three more outs, and the weekend, as well as senior day, could end on a higher note.