Sayville's Kristen Bricker was not about to strand any more ducks on the pond.
The long afternoon needed to end.
So with nobody out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, the sophomore lined a game-winning single to leftfield to give the Golden Flashes a 3-2 win over East Hampton in Suffolk League VI softball.
"I had gotten outs a couple times in similar situations, and I knew my team needed me to pull through for them," Bricker said. "So I just went back to fundamentals and hit the ball."
Bricker (2-for-5) had failed three times to break the 2-2 tie. She popped out to the catcher with a runner on second and two outs in the fourth and flied out to left with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth. With one out in the eighth and the winning run on second, she grounded out to first. But two innings later, the lefthanded hitter found her stroke.
"I'm proud that they hung in there," Sayville coach Tiffany Rowan said. "We left a lot of baserunners on, which is one thing we need to work on. But I was proud that they stuck together as a team."
Bricker's hit ended what had been a marvelous pitchers' duel. Casey Waleko allowed 13 hits in nine-plus innings for East Hampton (3-1) but stranded Sayville runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth. The Golden Flashes (3-0) countered with Merissa Selts, who earned the complete-game victory. After allowing two runs in the third, she pitched seven scoreless innings.
Sayville did not commit an error after the first. "I know they have my back the whole game and that my defense will make the plays no matter what," Selts said.
In the 10th, the umpire elected to continue the game using the "international tiebreaker" rule, which places a runner on second to start each half-inning.
Selts posted yet another zero, and Bricker ended the game as its unlikely hero.