Chieftains stun Shawnee on Haley’s walk-off triple in 8th

Jazmyn Haley has a flair for coming through when her team needs her the most.


ABOVE: Bellefontaine’s Layne Mentzer slides safely into second base during Bellefontaine’s win over Springfield Shawnee. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Jazmyn Haley is congratulated by head coach Katie Buffkin after Haley’s walk-off triple in the bottom of the eighth inning against Springfield Shawnee on Wednesday. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MATT HAMMOND)

Haley, a senior catcher for Bellefontaine who hit a walk-off two-run home run to beat rival Benjamin Logan two weeks ago, belted a two-run, walk-off triple off Springfield Shawnee standout pitcher Emily McKillip in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the host Chiefs a 3-2 victory Wednesday at Blue Jacket Park.

“There is nobody else I would want up there in that situation than Jazmyn,” said Bellefontaine head coach Katie Buffkin. “She has the mindset that she wants to be up there when the game is on the line. She seems to enjoy the pressure.”

Shawnee came into the game with a 21-2 record. Bellefontaine is now 12-10 overall and 8-5 in the Central Buckeye Conference.

McKillip entered the day leading the CBC in strikeouts with 171 and wins with 20. But Bellefontaine refused to be intimidated.

“I am so proud of the girls for hanging in there and coming up with some key hits,” said Buffkin. “(McKillip) has the nickname of ‘0-2 Emily’ because she always seems to get two strikes right away and then uses her junk to finish off hitters. Our girls did a good job of attacking pitches early in the counts.”


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