Abbi Jaquess certainly has a flair for the dramatic when it comes to hitting home runs.
Earlier this season, the Oakland City commit hit her first career home run after being out a week due to mononucleosis with her future college coach in attendance.
Against the Evansville North Huskies (7-16) on May 11, Jaquess hit her second career home run, a grand slam, on giveback night where donations were being accepted to support Holly's House. Jaquess was in charge of organizing this event.
Castle ultimately won the game by the score of 11-0. The game ended in the sixth due to the run rule and it means the Knights clinched at least a share of the SIAC title.
"I just swung hard," Jaquess said referring to the home run. "It was definitely special to hit the home run tonight."
The Knights scored in the first inning on a RBI hit by Hannah Hood. The game was close until the Knights had their breakout inning in the fifth.
In that inning, Castle's first five hitters got on base. Cecelia Knapp walked with the bases loaded to score the first run while Gabby Lakes singles in the second run. This set up Jaquess' grand slam which would cap a seven run fifth inning.
Knapp would later hit a two-run homer herself which would end the game in the sixth.
"Our bats started off slow," Lockyear said. "But I was glad to get the win. It was a big conference game for us."
The Lady Knights and Lady Huskies will face off against each other one more time as they both have a bye in the Class 4A sectional and will meet in the second round. The sectional will be played on North's home field.
For Castle (23-2), if they can defeat Evansville on May 15, they will have won the SIAC title outright. At presstime, the game has yet to be played.