The race for the No. 1 seed in the girls 7-8 machine-pitch league tournament is over, but none of the remaining spots have been settled.
Big Mo’s and First National Bank each jumbled the standings with wins Thursday night at Pete Holt Field. Big Mo’s upset Foust Construction 5-1, while First National Bank shut out Warren Family Practice 8-0.
Big Mo’s started digging itself out of last place in the six-team league with its impressive showing against the league’s second-place team Thursday night. Big Mo’s used a big second inning and a stout defense to hand Foust Construction its third loss of the week.
After Bella Bain’s triple brought in Mary Grace Martin in the first inning to give Big Mo’s the lead, Jenna Newby sparked a four-run second inning with a lead-off single.
Sarah Woodruff followed with a double, then she and Newby each scored on Grace Sparkman’s single. Martin continued the offensive onslaught with her second hit, putting runners on the corners for Alyssa Mosley. Mosley singled to score Sparkman and Bella Cantrell added the finishing touches with an RBI single to bring in Martin and make it 5-0.
Foust Construction finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, but missed an opportunity to make it a game in the same frame. Jessie Young led off the inning with a single, then scored on Emily DeArmond’s double. Foust Construction would go on to load the bases on hits by Ryleigh Rankin and Keyle Rhea, but a strikeout ended the inning with the team only producing one run.
It would be the final chance for Foust Construction as the team couldn’t produce a rally in the fifth inning and time expired shortly after. Foust Construction fell to 5-4, which still keeps the team in second place with one game to go.
Young, DeArmond, Rankin, Rhea, Hailey Basham and Mia Hobbs each had hits for Foust Construction in the loss.
Martin, Mosley, Cantrell, Bain, Newby, Woodruff and Sparkman had hits as Big Mo’s improved to 3-6 this season.
First National Bank took control of third place and moved within one game of second with its shutout victory over Warren Family Practice. The win puts First National Bank at 4-5 overall while Warren Family Practice dropped to 3-6.
Allison Hudson and Mea Starkey were the catalysts behind a big night at the plate for First National Bank as both finished 4-for-4. Maddox Jones and Carly Pack added three hits while Savanna Foster and Halle Smith chipped in one hit each.
Kara Best, Gracie Caldwell, Ashlan Reed, Cadi Beth Todd and Lataya Johnson had hits for Warren Family Practice.
Dream Builders (8-0) and Triple H (3-5) weren’t in action Thursday.