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Dream Builders completes perfect season
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On the final night of the girls 7-8 machine-pitch league regular season, the only thing left to decide was if Dream Builders could complete its perfect campaign.
Already having the No. 1 seed for next week’s tournament secured, Dream Builders downed Triple H 22-4 to finish 10-0. It came after Triple H beat First National Bank 11-9 to secure the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
Dream Builders scored enough runs in the first inning to secure its 10th straight victory, although the seven-run first inning was just a preview of things to come.
Halo Armstrong highlighted the rally with a three-run, inside-the-park home run to make it 7-0 after one inning.
Dream Builders retired Triple H in order in the bottom of the first and continued its offensive onslaught in the second inning. Abby Sanders ripped a one-out double before Aleya Esparza drilled a two-run, inside-the-park home run. A run-scoring single by Halle LaForte made it a double-digit advantage.
Chloe Rogers got the first hit for Triple H in the bottom of the second, but three strikeouts left the team scoreless after two innings.
Mia Henry sparked a six-run third inning for Dream Builders with a lead-off, inside-the-park home run. LaForte, Esparza and Emily Stoner would add RBI doubles to increase the advantage to 16-0.
Triple H finally found its offense in the third inning as Madison Callis started off with a single and came around to score on an RBI double by Danika Reno. Paige Sweeton, Ebonie Ross and Dallis Melton would each single and score to make it 16-4.
Esperza completed the cycle in the fourth inning when her bases-loaded triple gave Dream Builders a season-high 20 runs. Stoner and LaForte chipped in RBI singles to make the final score 22-4.
Esparza and Stoner were 4-for-4 to lead Dream Builders. Sanders, Henry and Armstrong were next three hits apiece, followed by LaForte, Trisley Scruggs and Juliana Pyburn with two hits each. Kyra Perkins and Lachlan McVey added singles.
Reno, Sweeton, Ross, Rogers, Callis, Azjuna Burks and Dallis Melton each had one hit for Triple H.
Triple H was coming off a big win in the first game Tuesday at Pete Holt Field. Triple H defeated First National Bank by two to clinch third place in the regular season.
Melton’s two inside-the-park home runs, including one in the third inning, helped Triple H claim the victory. Reno also had an inside-the-park home run in the third inning as Triple H built an 11-7 lead.
First National Bank tried to rally in the fourth when Mea Starkey and Bailey Brock started the inning with back-to-back home runs, but the team fell short with the tying runs on base.
Sweeton, Ross, Rogers, Callis and Burks added hits in the win for Triple H, which improved the team’s record to 4-6.
Starkey, Brock, Marli McBride, Maddox Jones, Lauren Mansfield, Carly Pack, Halle Smith and Savannah Foster had hits for First National Bank as the team fell to 4-6.
Big Mo’s, which ended its season Monday with a win, also finished the season 4-6. Triple H won the three-team tiebreaker by virtue of a 3-1 record against First National Bank and Big Mo’s.
First National Bank finished 2-2 against Triple H and Big Mo’s to take fourth while Big Mo’s dropped to fifth with a 1-3 record against the opponents it finished tied with in the regular season.
The double-elimination tournament is set to start Monday at Pete Holt Field.