Bonnett helped pull her teammates through one of the very key moments of the game one inning after Sadie Baugher’s two-out second inning triple cut Regina’s lead in half to 2-1. Singles by Shelby Allgood and Haegen Boyer set up EBF’s top hitter, Tasha Alexander, with a chance to at least tie the game with one out.
A deep fly ball was certainly good enough to do just that. However, Allgood failed to tag up at third which allowed Bonnett the opportunity to get out of the inning with the lead after striking out Hopkins to end the inning.
“We’re talking about young kids here and (Shelby) just got caught up in the moment,” Fenton said. “That’s something we work on all the time. I know I was yelling at her to get back, but she just froze. It’s just one of those things that happens.”
“I thought she was going to tag, but our centerfielder Gabby (Dutchik) has a great arm,” Bonnett added. “I think it still would have been close play even if she would have tagged up.”
Instead of giving up the lead, Bonnett helped add to the cushion in the third by leading off the third with her second-straight double to right center. The second-straight gapper led to a second-straight run for the Regina junior, who finished the night collecting just as many hits as she allowed to the Rockets.
“If (EBF) had tied it (in the third), it would have been a whole new ballgame,” Bonnett said. “I think when we were able to keep the lead at that point, we felt like we had to hit and we had to get more runs if we were going to win.”
“Bonnett did so much damage at the plate. That was really the biggest key,” Fenton added. “We finally pitched carefully to her the fourth time around, but she had done plenty to hurt us by that point.”