Citizens Tri-County Bank was in the money Tuesday night against Melton & Cowan Law Office in Junior League play in Centertown.
Citizens wasted no time scoring 6 runs. In the top of the first, Samara Harris and Emma Peacock got things started with infield hits. After an Alyssa Boyd walk, Conner Cantrell and Lorelei Griffith had infield hits to score Harris and Peacock.
Hayden Foster got a hit to right-center field to score two runs, and then Allie Eaton had a sacrifice groundout to score another. Dalton Stalcup got a hit to center field to score one more.
Harris, batting for a second time in the inning, hit a liner that was caught by Melton & Cowan shortstop Alton Womack to prevent more damage, 6-0.
Melton & Cowan made its case for 2 runs in the bottom of the first. Lakelynn Garza led things off with an infield hit. After Emma Dillon put the ball in play, Garza made her way around the bases and attempted to get home, only to be tagged out by Cantrell in a spectacular play.
Melton & Cowan was unfazed, however. Ashlyn Faulk got a hit to left field, and Dillon and Faulk scored when Jackson Kirby roped one to right. The score was 6-2 after the first.
Citizens cashed a check for 10 more runs in the top of the second. Harris, Boyd, and Foster all had one hit in the inning, while Cantrell and Griffith had two hits apiece.
Melton & Cowan argued their case for two runs in the bottom of the second, thanks to a hard-hit liner to right-center field by Tayden Stafford, a walk by Acelyn Stafford, then outfield hits by Garza and Dillon. The score was 16-4 after two.
The top of the third featured a major-league catch in left-center field by Melton & Cowan’s Maddie Barks on a fly ball by Harris. Then, shortstop Womack caught a Cantrell liner and subsequently tagged second base to double-up Peacock there and get out of the inning.
Melton & Cowan added one more run before the final verdict was in. The game ended after four innings with Citizens winning 16-5. Kaylyn Bragg played solid defense as the backstop for Citizens.