New Hampton's Abby Gossling, shown pulling into third before scoring in the second inning, also scored the winning run in the Chickasaw Friday night win over Dyersville Beckman.

Chickasaw girls escape in eighth inning

Advance to regional final Monday after win over Beckman

New Hampton softball defeated ninth-ranked Beckman Catholic in the regional semifinal round Friday night, but it took an eighth-inning run to do so.Ahead in the game 6-1 after five innings, the Chickasaws let the Trailblazers back into the contest with two sixth-inning runs and Beckman tied the score in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth inning Abby Gossling was safe as a bunt fell just out of the reach of the Beckman pitcher and despite a double play by Beckman that put two outs on the board for the Chickasaws, Gossling survived, advanced and scored on a hit by Lauren Frerichs.New Hampton still had to hold the Trailblazers in the bottom half of the eighth and they retired the batters in order for the 7-6 win."Games like this push us to become better softball players," Chickasaw senior Katherine Hemesath said after the win. "And it proves that we're a better team than our record shows."The regional final will be played Monday at Van Horne, and it'll be a tough one as the Chickasaws tangle with top-ranked Benton Community at 7 p.m.

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