Senior Anna Feeler belted a bases-loaded, walk-off single with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Rolla High School softball team to a thrilling, 8-7 victory over Jefferson City Helias Thursday at the RHS Field.
It was the Lady Bulldogs' home opener.
Junior Kayla Reed led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and senior Maegan Ray followed with a double. Helias then intentionally walked senior Sydney Wells to load the bases and bring up Feeler, who delivered the game-winner.
Helias took the early lead in the wild affair and RHS later plated two runs to tie it up 5-5.
It was still tied at seven after seven innings to force extra frames.
Rolla improves to 2-0 while it was the season-opener for the Helias Lady Crusaders.
Senior Jade DeShurley was the winning pitcher, working the distance. Only three of the seven Helias runs were earned. DeShurley gave up seven hits and eight walks while fanning four.
The Lady Bulldogs outhit Helias 16-7 and committed three errors.
DeShurley was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI for the Lady Bulldogs while Ray was 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks and a double; Wells had a double, single, walk and RBI; Reed had two hits and scored twice; Avery Landers was 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI; Brooke Maxwell was 2-for-4, and Feeler had a hit, RBI and run scored.
In a three-inning junior varsity game Helias won 3-0. Meredith Sowers had the lone RHS jayvee hit. Sowers was the losing jayvee pitcher, with relief help from Skylar Turner.
The Rolla jayvee team is scheduled to compete in the Kickapoo Tournament on Saturday. Rolla plays a varsity/jayvee doubleheader Tuesday, Sept. 3, hosting Pleasant Hope (4:30 p.m. at the RHS Field).