Bostic was ecstatic to be able to deliver for her team.
"Every close game comes down to a crucial bounce or play," she said. "This time it was the bounce. The ball kicked sideways on her just enough to get by her to let that run."
"It was very exciting. I knew we needed it. I did for the team. Coach told me I could do it. After I knew I had two strikes, I had to put it in play, and I got the hit."
SC Coach Bobby Catlett felt fortunate to be able to get the victory.
"It's a win, and daggone we will take it," Catlett said. "In a game like this, you knew it would be who made the unfortunate error. Fortunately for us, it was on the other end this time. We have been on the other end, several times."
Catlett had complete confidence in Bostic despite being just a freshman.
"I told Alli with her at bat, we knew she wasn't going to get anything to hit," Catlett said. "They respect her bat, She was patient enough and understood the situation and had the confidence in Emily behind her. It paid off for us.
"Emily is a young freshman but swings the bat really well. I told her that is why she is in this spot. I have total confidence in her. If it wasn't for Alli, she would be my four hitter. She is clutch and came through."
Burdette and Hager were both dominant on the mound, matching each other pitch for pitch. The SC hurler gave up just four hits and struck out 14, while Hager struck out 10.
"Ripley is a good team and I knew I had to be tough and make sure I was on tonight," Burdette said. "I'm use to tight games and low scoring games. You have to know how to handle them."