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Ben Lomand connects with tourney trophy
Perfect season wraps up with championship
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Ben Lomand Connect ended its pursuit of perfection Friday night with a tournament championship in the girls 9-10 junior league.
Behind a big game from Calyn Damon and solid production throughout the order, Ben Lomand downed Roger’s Service Company 10-4 to complete an undefeated year.
Damon was the driving force early as she set the tone from the circle. Damon was nearly flawless as she held Roger’s Service Company without a run for three innings and racked up nine strikeouts.
Damon proved she could do damage with the bat as well as her first-inning double brought around the first run of the championship game.
Mallori Hart, who led off the first inning with a single and stole second, scored on Damon’s double to give Ben Lomand an early advantage. Mary-Ella Lee and Kylie Young added RBI doubles of their own to make it 3-0 after the first inning.
Ben Lomand continued to pile on in the second inning as the lead swelled to eight. Hart scored Isabel Newby with a single to start the scoring. Damon followed with another RBI single before Madison Hollis came up and blasted a two-run triple to push the lead to 6-0. Hollis would score on a groundout by Annaston McBride and Young would add her second RBI double to make it an eight-run game.
Damon completed her night in the circle with three straight strikeouts in the third inning after allowing a lead-off walk. For the game, Damon allowed only one hit and walked two, but she had to leave the game due to tournament inning restrictions.
Ben Lomand’s lead grew to double digits in the third inning when Hart slapped a two-out single to score Chloe Pennington. On the play, Hart never stopped running as throwing errors allowed the speedy lead-off hitter to score her team’s 10th run.
Roger’s Service Company went into the fourth inning needing a run to extend the game. Instead of scratching across one runner, Roger’s Service Company plated four batters to get back in the game.
Kansas Hennessee’s double off Hollis, who entered in relief for Damon, brought in Rhealee Johnson for Roger’s Service Company’s first run. Hennessee would steal third during Ella Bond’s at-bat, which ended in a walk to put runners on the corners.
Macy Simmons followed by blasting a 2-2 pitch into the outfield that resulted in a triple that scored Hennessee and Bond. Simmons would later score on a passed ball as Roger’s Service Company sliced the lead to 10-4.
Johnson did a good job of slowing down the Ben Lomand offense in her three innings of work for Roger’s Service Company, but the offense couldn’t come through to complete a comeback. Johnson held Ben Lomand scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings, but Hollis dug in as well to hold the lead.
Hollis struck out the first two batters she faced in the fifth inning before Kaydee Rains snapped a streak of four straight strikeouts with a single. It was all for naught as Hollis forced the next batter to fly out to Lee at second base to end the inning.
Roger’s Service Company saw its final chance to score in the sixth inning come and go without a run as Hollis added to her “K” count. Hollis made each of the last three batters swing and miss at strike three, giving her eight strikeouts to go along with Damon’s nine.
Ben Lomand was able to celebrate afterwards as the team received trophies for winning the regular-season and tournament championship without a blemish on its record.
Hart finished with three hits to pace the Ben Lomand offense. Damon, Hollis, Lee and Young added two hits each. McBride, Pennington, Newby and Kaylee Moon provided solid defense behind the dominant pitching of Damon and Hollis.
Johnson, Hennessee, Simmons and Rains had one hit each for Roger’s Service Company.
Roger’s Service Company reached the tournament championship by beating TN Warehouse 10-8 in the first game Friday at Hoover and Millraney Field. Kensley Whiteaker paced the offense with three hits while Emily Woodlee finished with two hits. Hailey Collett, Chase Milanovich and Jasmine Davenport supported the pitching of Johnson and Rains with good glove work in the field.
Roger’s Service Company received second-place trophies following the game. The team tied with L&M Floors for second place in the regular season.