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Big Mo's wins tournament title

Annbelle Reinitz is able to avoid the tag of Dallis Melton while sprinting to second base. Reinitz ignited a four-run rally in the fourth inning that helped Big Mo's win Monday's girls 7-8 machine-pitch championship game 8-7 over Prater Electric.

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Nothing seemed to be able to stop Big Mo’s run toward the girls 7-8 machine-pitch tournament title, even thunder and lightning.
Big Mo’s weathered a lengthy delay during Monday’s championship game, and a late rally by Prater Electric, to capture the championship with an 8-7 victory at Hoover and Millraney Field.
Big Mo’s, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, completed an undefeated run through the tournament with its fourth straight victory in the span of a week. Big Mo’s started rolling with a win over Prater Electric last Thursday, came back with two wins Saturday – including taking down top seed Foust Construction 15-9 – and then followed Monday by claiming the championship.
The last victory was easily the toughest, if only because the game looked destined to be postponed midway through the contest.
Big Mo’s and Prater Electric had battled back and forth and went into the fourth inning knotted at 4-4 when clouds started rolling in at McMinnville Civic Center. Big Mo’s stormed into the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning before the actual storm stopped the game.
Annabelle Ruinitz started the fourth-run rally with a single – one of seven Big Mo’s would have in the frame. Ruinitz would eventually break the tie when she scored on double by Isabella Pennington.
Kaylan Adams and Trinity Eckel followed with back-to-back RBI singles, pushing the lead to 7-4. Kimberly Ortega helped Big Mo’s double up Prater Electric on the scoreboard by wrapping up the scoring with a run-scoring single.
Shortly after, umpires had to send both teams off the field when lightning struck in the area. The prospects of finishing the game looked bleak, but luckily the rain held off and lightning cleared the area after nearly an hour wait.
When the teams returned to the field, Prater Electric had two innings to continue its Cinderella run through the tournament, but the visitors came up one run short.
Prater Electric, which rallied out of the loser’s bracket with two wins Saturday to reach the championship game, was shut out in the fifth inning. The team’s defense held tough though as Dallis Melton recorded two putouts at second base to keep Big Mo’s from adding to its lead in the fifth inning.
Prater Electric knew it needed at least four runs to keep the game going when the final inning started and Page Sweeton immediately gave the team hope with a lead-off single.
Two straight outs followed though, putting a damper on any hopes of a Prater Electric comeback until Abigal Fann revived the squad.
Fann reached base on a two-out single, then Jordan Veach followed with a RBI single to left field. With two outs and two on, Christa Cowan got her team within one run when she sailed a ball into center field.
Fann and Veach each scored, though Cowan was held to a single as Big Mo’s ran the ball back into second base to keep the tying run out of scoring position.
Cowan would never get a chance to advance as the game ended on a strikeout and allowed Big Mo’s to celebrate a championship.
Prater Electric took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when Sweeton and Fann each hit RBI singles.
Big Mo’s answered back with two RBI singles from Alyssa Moseley and Hailey Childress in the first inning to tie the game.
The home team took its first lead in the second inning when Pennington and Bella Bain singled and scored.
Melton and Andrea Jefferson helped push Prater Electric back into a tie in the third inning with RBI singles, but the visitors wouldn’t hold the lead after the first inning.
Pennington, Bain, Moseley, Loren Hinshaw and Lily Ann Smith led Big Mo’s with two hits each. Ortega, Eckel, Adams, Ruinitz, Childress and Mary Grace Martin added one hit apiece.
Sweeton led Prater Electric with three hits, followed by Fann, Paisley Wanamaker and Kora Forbes with two hits apiece. Melton, Jefferson, Veach, Cowan, Mackenna Hills and Avery Peterson added one hit apiece.
Regin Grissom and Ciara Johnson provided solid defense in Prater Electric’s run to a second-place finish in the tournament.

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