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Lady Mustangs one win from Columbus
Chloe Turner
South Effingham second baseman Chloe Turner (16) celebrates after snagging a game-ending popup in a 2020 playoff encounter against Buford. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff
Bailey Kendziorski
Lady Mustangs pitcher Bailey Kendziorski claps on her way to scoring the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of Game 2 on Tuesday night. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON -- The South Effingham Lady Mustangs turned in the most exciting "Stayin' Alive" performance since the Bee Gees in 1977.

After losing Game 1 of their best-of-three third round series against Buford on Tuesday 4-2, the Lady Mustangs (28-3-1) topped the powerful Lady Wolves (31-6) 5-3 in 10 innings. 

Freshman Bailey Kendziorski pitched all 17 innings for South Effingham, totaling 241 tosses. Backed by a few stellar outfield plays, she allowed 17 hits, four earned runs, struck out eight and walked one.

Kendziorski also figured prominently on offense in Game 2. She started the 10th inning on second base because the contest was knotted 2-2 after nine frames. After Whitney Thompson reached on a fielder's choice and Avery Roddenberry singled to load the bases, Kendziorski scored the go-ahead run when Mattie Turner was hit by a pitch.

Thompson and Rodderberry also scored during the decisive uprising.

In Buford's 10th at-bat -- it was designated as the home team -- Kendziorski retired the first two hitters on grounders. She then gave up an RBI single before second baseman snagged a popup to end the game, setting off an infield celebration.

Buford and South Effingham will play the decisive game of their series at The Corral on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The winner will play Pope in Columbus on Friday.

See the Nov. 4 edition of the Herald for more details.