COLLEGE PARK — Chelsea Muir got to do what most people only get dream to about Friday evening by hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Mountain Ridge to a 9-8 win over Colonel Richardson for the Miners’ second straight Maryland 1A State championship in an instant classic at Robert E. Taylor Field at the University of Maryland.
Things weren’t always close as the Miners took a 7-3 lead into the top of the seventh, only to have the Colonels score five times to take the lead. The Miners quickly tied the score in the bottom of the seventh, before getting the winning run on Muir’s hit.
After making a great play defensively on a sacrifice bunt to keep the score tied at 8-8 in the top of the 8th, the Miners started the bottom of the inning with Carlie Lewis on second base as the tie breaker. Instead of bunting her up, Katie Llewellyn was allowed to swing away and delivered her fourth hit of the day, a single, to move Lewis to third. Muir then took the second pitch of her at-bat to right field and over the head of the drawn-in outfielder for a single to bring in Lewis and secure the championship.
“It’s amazing to be able to come through for my team when they needed it,” said Muir. “I don’t know what other word to use than amazing to describe doing something every ballplayer has thought of.”
Muir knew it was game over as soon as the ball left the bat and had a smile on her face as she rounded first to make it official.
“I knew as soon as I hit it that the fielder wasn’t going to get it. She (Colonels pitcher Megan Johnson) was trying get it inside on me, but she didn’t get the pitch in far enough.”
It was the second hit of the day for Muir, who finished with two runs batted in by hitting a run-scoring double in the second inning. Llewellyn finished with three singles and a double, Emma Baker added a triple and a double, and Jenna Miller hit a double and a single.
The win is the 46th consecutive victory for the Miners, covering two consecutive 23-0 seasons and marks the third state title for Miners Head Coach Martha Mauzy, who also won one at Beall.
A complete recap of the game will run in Sunday’s edition of the Times-News.
Chris Appel is a sportswriter for the Times-News. Contact him at cappel@times-news.