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Arm's Army shows its power in Centertown
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Chris Simones photo Bandits slugger Emma Carter blasts a hard line drive to Citizens Tri-County Bank’s pitcher during Junior League action Tuesday night in Centertown. Bandits won by a final score of 23-0.

By Chris Simones

Arm’s Army brought the thunder to a Senior League game delayed by lightning Tuesday night against Dr Pepper at Centertown Recreational Park.

Arm’s Army’s Jacob Bain hit a sizzling line drive in the top of the first that picked up speed in the outfield and got past the fielders. Bain turned on the gas rounding the bags and ended up with a triple.

Gracie Gilley brought Bain home with a single to center for the first run of the game and crossed the plate herself when the next batter smacked a double to left field.

Taylor Bain smoked a liner to centerfield that got him to first but the offense stalled with an out at the plate and a pop-up to the pitcher.

Dr Pepper came out swinging in its turn at bat with three singles that would score one run but the offense fizzled and Dr Pepper was down 2-1 after the first.

Ashton Griffith was up first for Arm’s in the top of the second inning and sent a rocket to left. Griffith hit the throttle and rounded the bases for an inside-the-park homer.

Emma Muncey reached first on a liner to center and Hunter Johnson was robbed of what was sure to be extra bases by a great catch in centerfield.

Jacob Bain extended Arm’s lead to 5-1 next on a deep blast to left field he was able to turn into an inside-the-park round tripper.

Arm’s batting half of the second inning ended after a force out at second and a ground-out to first.

Dr Pepper’s Bri Hartl was able to bring a couple of baserunners home in the bottom of the second on a towering double she blasted to left field, 5-3.

Alexis Dove turned on the speed and beat out a throw to first giving her a single and keeping Dr Pepper’s rally alive.

Aaron Ashburn stepped up to the plate with two runners on the bags and hit a scorcher to the outfield he was able to stretch into an inside-the-park HR. The blast gave Dr Pepper the lead 6-5.

It wouldn’t be long before Dr Pepper’s lead would lose its fizz, though.

With the game tied 6-6 in the top of the fourth, Arm’s Army’s Gracie Gilley hit a pop fly that dropped into left field and brought a runner home breaking the tie and making it 7-6.

Arm’s took the lead and ran with it, scoring seven runs and extending the lead to 13-6 after the top of the fourth.

Dr Pepper’s Raiden Hutcheson stepped up to the plate with two away in the bottom of the fourth and reached first on a shot to shallow center.

Bri Hartl reached first on a short shot that just barely dropped in the infield uncaught.

Dr Pepper was able to bring a couple of runs in by the end of the fourth inning and make the score 13-8 but that would be the end of their scoring.

Arm’s Army unleashed shock and awe after that, scoring a total of 20 runs in the next two innings as the floodgates opened. Arm’s won by a final score of 33-8.

Also at Centertown Tuesday night, Ben Lomand defeated Anderson Welding 18-10 in coach pitch action and Bandits topped Citizens Tri-County Bank 23-0.