Warren Family Practice had a Cinderella run through the girl 7-8 machine-pitch league tournament, but it ended Saturday in the finals as Dream Builders completed a dream season.
For the second straight season, Dream Builders finished undefeated in the regular season and tournament as the team won the tournament championship game 16-6 Saturday on Pete Holt Field.
Warren Family Practice entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed after finishing the regular season in last place with a 3-7 record. On the other end, Dream Builders was the juggernaut after completing its second straight 10-0 regular season.
Warren Family Practice exceeded its victory total from the regular season in the tournament, winning four games to make its way into the tournament finals. Warren Family Practice beat Foust Construction 12-10 Saturday morning to move into the 11 a.m. championship game, where Dream Builders awaited after winning its first two games of the tournament.
Dream Builders wasted little time capturing back-to-back titles as the team built a six-run lead after the first inning and continued to pile on runs until the game was called in the fourth inning.
Warren Family Practice took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Cadi Beth Todd started the game with a single, then came around to score on a single by Gracie Caldwell. Dream Builders stopped the scoring at one when Abby Sanders scooped a ball at third base and tagged the bag on a force play for the final out.
Dream Builders quickly erased the lead in the bottom of the first and jumped out to a sizable advantage of its own. After back-to-back singles by Julianna Pyburn and Sanders, Aleya Esparza blasted a two-run double to give Dream Builders the lead for good.
Emily Stoner and Mia Henry added RBI singles before Kyra Perkins and Halo Armstrong ended the inning with back-to-back, inside-the-park home runs to make it 7-1 after the first inning.
Dream Builders flashed the leather in the second inning to keep its six-run lead. Ashlan Reed began the inning by hitting a grounder to Esparza at the pitcher’s mound and she tossed to Armstrong for the first out.
Todd tried to rally the team with a single, but the next two outs were made by Sanders at shortstop as she fielded two grounders and stepped on second for force outs.
Two-run, inside-the-park home runs by Esparza and Perkins, along with another solo home run by Armstrong, pushed the Dream Builders’ lead to 13-1 after the second inning.
Warren Family Practice doubled its run total in the third inning when Reed scored Jazlynn Ward with a single, but it barely sliced into the deficit.
Dream Builders sent all eight of its batters to the plate again in the third, though the team only managed three runs. Trisley Scruggs’ two-run single pushed the advantage to 16-2 entering the fourth inning.
Warren Family Practice scored four runs in the fourth, but the game was called due to run rule as Dream Builders led by 10 in the fourth inning.
Ward, Kara Best, Zoie Conner and Lataya Johnson all singled and scored for Warren Family Practice in the fourth inning.
Dream Builders completed its tournament run with three double-digit victories to claim the tournament title to go along with its regular-season championship.
Warren Family Practice took the second-place trophy following the game, one it was guaranteed with the two-run victory over Foust Construction Saturday morning.
In the loser’s bracket finals, Todd, Caldwell and Johnson had 4-for-4 games to lead Warren Family Practice to victory. Conner and Reed had three hits each while Ward and Best finished with two hits apiece.
Jessie Young, Mia Hobbs, Molly Smith, Emily DeArmond, Ryleigh Rank, Keyle Rhea, Abby Sullivan Brooklyn Cope and Brianna Harris had hits for Foust Construction as the team took third place in the tournament after finishing second in the regular season.