Karah Moore and Liz Enlow each ripped walk-off home runs to lead Charleston and Mattoon to dramatic softball victories Tuesday evening.
Moore said she had initially wanted to hit a homer before walking to the plate in the ninth inning, but then changed her mind, hoping to just get on base. On the first pitch, though, she deposited a rise pitch over the left-field fence at Karen Karch Field, ending a wild back-and-forth game with a 6-5 victory over Tolono.
Two innings earlier, Moore had singled to drive in Maci Mayhall to extend the game into extra innings at 4-all.
Trailing again by one entering the bottom of the eighth inning, catcher Erin Blair drilled a homer over the same left-field fence to tie the score, extending the game yet again.
Moore threw all nine innings, striking out six, allowing six hits and giving up two earned runs.
Mikayla Lane, Kailyn Wilson also drove in runs for CHS.
Enlow mirrored Moore’s performance for Mattoon at both the plate and on the mound. Not only did she blast a three-run homer on the first pitch she saw in the seventh inning to give the Green Wave a 9-6 victory over Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond at the Roundhouse, Enlow pitched all seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out two.
Abbie Morgan knocked home runs in both the fourth and fifth innings while Cadance McDaniel, Emma Longer, Morgan and Cam Lee each had multiple hits during a 13-hit attack by the Green Wave.