If someone had told Izzy Pitts she needed to take two for a cycle, she probably would still be running. Luckily, her four hits Friday night were still plenty for Citizens Tri-County Bank to hoist a trophy.
Pitts’ offensive explosion, including a crucial three-run triple in the late innings, allowed Citizens Bank to hold off Graves Family Orchard 14-10 in the girls 7-9 championship game.
Amaya Martin and Alyssa Boyd also had four hits for Citizens Bank, which was able to sweep the regular season and tournament in the Civic Center league. It took every hit to hold off Graves Family.
Citizens Bank went into the bottom of the fifth leading 10-7, but Graves Family had the heart of its order due up in the final inning. Runs were needed, and Pitts delivered three in one swing.
Following singles from Boyd, Martin and Loreli Griffith, Pitts unloaded on a pitch, sending a shot sailing into left field. The ball rolled to the fence, allowing three runs to score before Pitts had to put on the breaks at third.
Rylee Young followed with an RBI single, helping her team double up Graves Family 14-7 going into the sixth.
Anna Graves, Kaydence Wiser and Aryana Luna tried to rally Graves Family in the sixth with hits, but Citizens Bank was able to retire the side before the game got too tight.
Pitts was in the middle of the scoring for her team in the first inning, hitting a three-run, inside-the-park home run as her team took a 4-1 lead.
Martin and Pitts added RBI singles in the second to make it 6-1.
Boyd kept Graves Family Orchard off the board in the third, making two big catches at first base. The first was snagged off her shoe strings, while the inning-ender was an over-the-shoulder grab.
Graves Family finally found its offense in the fourth, using big shots deep into the grass to cycle runs around. Luna started the frame with an inside-the-park home run, which was bookended by a three-run, inside-the-park shot by Graves.
By the time Graves touched home, the game was knotted at 6-6.
Citizens Bank had a quick response, showing its top-to-bottom offensive exploits with a four-run frame. Six of the team’s first seven batters reached on singles, with Martin, Young, Caroline Boyd and Abi Eckel all bringing runs around with their hits.
Trailing 10-6, Wiser led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a Luna single, but Citizens Bank was able to escape a bases-loaded jam to hold a 10-7 lead entering what proved to be its final at-bat.
Pitts took care of the rest.
Griffith, Young and Boyd finished with three hits apiece for Citizens Bank, while Eckel and Makenah Weir had one hit each.
Graves, Wiser, Luna, Madison Allen and Chloe Wanamaker all had three hits apiece for Graves Family Orchard. Ella Pennywell added two singles, while Carly Stotts finished with one hit in the title-game loss.