Pardon Emily Borg if she wanted to admire her mammoth game-winning grand slam home run.
Borg's slam off Barrington's Keenan Dolezal with one out in the ninth inning gave Jacobs an exhilarating 7-3 win over the stunned Fillies in nonconference softball action in Algonquin Tuesday afternoon.
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"It is an incredible feeling to win a game like that," said an excited Borg. "It was an inside screwball and I got all of it. I knew it was gone. It was a great win against a great Barrington team."
Jacobs coach Jeremy Bauer praised Borg and his team for its win over the top-ranked team in the preseason Daily Herald Top 20.
"Emily has great power and she put on a great hitting performance today," said Bauer. "We got down late against a very good Barrington team but we didn't give up. We kept putting pressure on them and kept battling through some tough weather conditions. It is a very nice early-season win."
Dolezal and Jacobs' Kelsey Peters dominated the opposing hitters as neither team could dent the scoreboard through four innings.
Barrington (3-1) finally broke through against Peters in the fifth with a run on an RBI single by Kelly Katis.
The visiting Fillies scored 2 more in the sixth on an RBI triple by Rachel Krzysko and a run-scoring single by Jen Inamoto to take a 3-0 advantage.
But the Golden Eagles used the long ball to get back in the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Borg's solo shot and an RBI single from No. 9 hitter Payton Spirling pulled Jacobs within 3-2 heading into the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Dolezal struck out Jacobs' first two hitters but Butler-bound Alyssa Lach blasted a solo shot over the center field fence to tie the game at 3-3.
In the pivotal ninth, Spirling led off with a walk and moved to second on a walk to Murray. Cotugno's perfectly executed sacrifice bunt moved Spirling and Murray up a base and Lach was issued an intentional walk to set up Borg's heroics.
Peters struck out 3 and walked 4 to earn the win. Dolezal struck out 13 and walked 5.
"Jacobs certainly played the best today," said Barrington coach Perry Peterson. "We have only three returning starters and are learning on the fly."