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Cold-blooded: Freshman Katie Sexton sends Mt. Pleasant to dramatic 9-inning win over No. 1 Midland WITH GALLERY

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Katie Sexton’s afternoon began with a mistake – leaving her long-sleeved undershirt at home in mid-40s weather.

It ended in the early evening with the freshman Mount Pleasant third baseman being hugged by long-time head coach Ted McIntyre and mobbed by teammates as they excitedly tackled her to the infield dirt.

In her first-ever varsity doubleheader, Sexton was the hitting hero as her ninth-inning one-out double brought in two runs to send the Oilers to a 3-2 victory over 2016 Division 1 state semifinalist and currently top-ranked Midland. The result was unexpected after the Chemics rolled to a 10-0 win in the opener.

VIDEO: Sexton wins it for Oilers in ninth inning

“I’m really excited for Katie,” McIntyre said. “She has a chance to be a really good player. She came up with the big hit and I she made a couple key defensive plays. Third base was a huge question mark and I wasn’t sure I was going to go with her there. I thought she played really well.”

Admittedly cold and nervous, the sleeveless Sexton stepped to the plate with runners at second and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Sexton proceeded to drill a pitch over the head of Midland’s centerfielder, bringing in Allison Conway and Oakley Mogg to win the game for Mount Pleasant in dramatic fashion.

“I was nervous but I felt ready to go,” Sexton said. “All my time in travel ball had me prepared for this moment. To be tackled by teammates after a walk-off to start my varsity career, it was a great feeling.”

Mount Pleasant battled to a 1-1 tie through seven innings as the hosts stranded the potential game-winning run at second base.

With international tiebreaker rules in effect, the Oilers (1-1) got out of an eighth inning jam unscathed and had a chance to win the contest. The Oilers ended up having two runners thrown out at the plate in their half of the frame, including junior catcher Hannah Carson despite initially appearing as if she slid under the catcher’s tag.

Midland took advantage of its new life by plating a run in the top of the ninth to grab a 2-1 lead, but Mount Pleasant avoided further damage by inducing a double play ball with runners on the corners.

“They were all hyped up on their bench,” Sexton said. “We were pretty bummed. We knew we could come back, but we weren’t at the top of our lineup and were getting pretty nervous about it.”

The nerves quickly shifted to elation.

Conway began the inning at second base under the extra innings rules and Mogg drew a walk, while both runners moved forward on a sacrifice bunt.

In stepped Sexton, cold and ready to send her squad home victorious.

“Hand warmers are all over the dugout,” Sexton joked. “We wanted to get this doubleheader over with, because we knew it was against a really good team and if we could get a win it would get us rolling.”

Mogg threw all nine innings in the win, surrendering six hits while striking out three and walking two.

Ellyn Ecker notched two hits, while Hannah Carson contributed a double.

“Midland is a veteran team with players who are playing the same positions as last year,” McIntyre remarked. “We only have three people playing where they played last year. You didn’t know what to expect. And we didn’t play well to start, but the girls settled down quickly and I was really pleased with what I saw.”

Mogg, Ecker, Conway, Sexton and Natalie Kea had one hit apiece in the opener. Mogg took the loss in the circle.

Mount Pleasant returns to action Saturday in tournament play at Eaton Rapids.

Last Updated: 4/13/2017 9:39:10 PM EST