Dream Builders will need two more wins to complete its second straight undefeated season in the girls 7-8 machine-pitch league, but claiming the regular-season title was accomplished Tuesday night.
With an 8-5 win over Foust Construction, Dream Builders moved to 8-0 and assured it will be the team with the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament in two weeks.
Foust Construction needed to win its last three games, including two against Dream Builders, to finish 8-2 and claim the top spot. The team looked up to the task in the top of the first, but Dream Builders controlled action the rest of the way.
Foust Construction scored the game’s first four runs as it got RBI singles from Ryleigh Rankin, Hailey Basham, Abby Sullivan and Keyle Rhea. Instead of panicking down 4-0, Dream Builders answered with five runs of its own in the bottom of the first.
Julianna Pyburn started things with a triple. Abby Sanders followed with a double, putting a run on the board quickly for Dream Builders. Aleya Esparza made it 5-2 with a single to score Sanders, then Halle LaForte joined Esparza on base with a single of her own.
Trisley Scruggs tied the game when her marathon at-bat, which featured eight straight foul balls, ended with a double that bounced over the third-base bag. Halo Armstrong put Dream Builders ahead with a double to score Scruggs.
After scoring four runs in the first, Foust Construction went scoreless in the second inning. The offensive drought opened the door for Dream Builders to extend its lead and that’s exactly what the championship team did.
Sanders and Esparza had back-to-back RBI triples and LaForte added a run-scoring single as Dream Builders doubled up Foust Construction 8-4 after two innings.
Foust Construction got back on the scoreboard with one run in the third, courtesy of an RBI single by Rhea to score Sullivan after a two-out triple. It proved to be the last run of the game though as Dream Builders went dry in the third and Foust Construction went down in order in the fourth.
Pyburn, Sanders, Esparza, LaForte and Armstrong finished with two hits apiece to lead Dream Builders. Scruggs, Kyra Perkins and Emily Stoner added one hit each.
Rankin, Basham, Sullivan, Rhea, Emily DeArmond, Molly Smith and Mia Hobbs all had hits for Foust Construction as the team fell to 5-3 this season.
In other action Tuesday night at Pete Holt Field, Triple H moved into a three-way tie for third place with a 12-9 win over Warren Family Practice. Both teams saw their record go to 3-5 after the game, matching the mark First National Bank held going into action Tuesday.
Azjana Burks, Danika Reno, Paige Sweeton, Ebonie Ross, Katie Hutchins, Dallis Melton, Chloe Rogers, Madison Callis and Adrian Cagle each had hits in the win for Triple H.
Cadi Beth Todd, Ashlan Reed, Lataya Johnson, Jazlynn Ward, Gracie Caldwell, Kaylen Jacobs, Kara Best and Calley Stinson all had hits for Warren Family Practice.