SHAWNEE — It may not make ESPN's Instant Classics, but those in attendance at the Healdton-Binger in the Class A State Tournament Semifinals know what they witnessed.
Two state heavyweights trading blows and refusing to give in. And in the end, it was Healdton that remained standing.
With two outs in the bottom of the 14th, Mikaela Blakemore reached on a double and scored moments later on an Abbie Etter single to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 win over the No. 1-ranked team in the state. In winning showed poise numerous times, twice battling back from a two-run deficit in extra inning play.
Healdton will be in action at 6:30 p.m. Saturday when it battles Davenport for the gold ball.
"It was definitely a very good ballgame," Healdton coach Joel Bradberry said. "Nobody would give in. Jenna Martin threw an outstanding game for us."
Martin went 14 innings, giving up the four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and six walks.
"She threw well and some of those walks were in situational moments," Bradberry said.
Healdton and Binger went through seven innings without a run and did not post a run on the scoreboard until the 10th inning. Binger got to the Bulldogs for two runs and Healdton answered in the bottom of the frame. Binger scored twice more in the 13th only to see Healdton battle back and tie the game, leading to the decisive 14th frame.