CLINTON, Tenn. (WATE) – Any athlete has dreams of being the hero, but very few get that chance. Only one person can take the last shot in a game or catch the game-winning pass or get the big hit. At the same, time, there’s also those rare moments where everything comes together just right.
“I knew that this is what I’ve worked for,” Clinton senior first baseman Lexie Jacobik said. “This is what my coaches have trained me for. The bases were loaded and I stepped up to bat and literally said out loud, ‘take care of business.'”
With her team down two runs in the last inning, Jacobik walked up to the plate with the two outs and the bases full. She went after the first pitch that came her way and knocked it out of the park, giving the Dragons a 14-12 walk-off win over Campbell County.
“I wasn’t thinking grand slam,” Jacobik said. “I was just thinking base hit, double, get some RBIs and let my teammates back me up. It couldn’t have been better and to be able to look back and say that I ended my senior night with that hit? That’s just amazing.”
Jacobik had already hit a single, double and triple in the game. Her walk-off grand slam was the final piece to her hitting for the cycle in her last at-bat at home.
“I’ve been coaching over 30 years,” head coach Lenoard Sams said. “I have never had a girl hit for the cycle and then hit a walk-off grand slam for the cycle? That’s amazing. That’s a once in a lifetime opportunity not only for her but for the coaches also because that never happens.”
Jacobik plans to attend Carson-Newman University and major in nursing. She currently has a 4.0 GPA at Clinton.