A low-scoring defensive struggle broke out Monday night in Centertown Junior League softball.
Fann Farms scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth to edge out a 3-1 victory over Thompson Painting and Repair in a game where both defenses were dominant.
Fann Farms pitcher Presley Bonner showed she could field her position, making plays on several hard hits right back at her. Fann Farms shortstop Levi Medley also made a highlight play, stopping a hard grounder with his backhand and then flipping to Bree Whittmore for a force out at 2B.
Lealon Arnold was a top player for Thompson Painting as he pitched and fielded well and also blasted a pitch to centerfield for a fourth-inning single.
It was scoreless entering the bottom of the fourth when Bonner reached on a base hit to 3B. Jack Gunter followed with an infield hit to put two runners on base.
That’s when Bree Whittmore stepped to the plate and smashed the biggest hit of the game, a 2 RBI shot to the outfield that left her standing on 3B. Whittmore then scored on a double by Kendra Fann that landed fair just inside the left-field line.
Fann Farm had a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth, the last inning of regulation play. Thompson Painting knew it had to score and shortstop Dalton Johnson sparked a rally by rocketing a lead-off hit to centerfield. He would score on an RBI double to left field by Joshua Johnson, but that’s where the scoring would stop as Fann Farm emerged with a 3-1 win.
In the second Junior League game of the night, Ozzy’s Transport jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the First Bank Tigers and managed to hang on for a 12-10 win.