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First National closes the book on Morrison Library
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Kiara Blevins and First National Bank had a big night at the plate Tuesday in Morrison. - photo by Luke Cameron

Morrison Public Library needs to read up on how to beat First National Bank in co-ed softball.

First National emerged with a 15-6 win in this Junior League contest in Morrison on Tuesday night.

For the first three innings, First National Bank was on Morrison Public Library like yellow on a softball. 

In the bottom of the first, FNB’s Chloe Waggoner and July Jones got hits and scored. Deborah Cook walked and then scored on an infield hit by Makayla Cagle. The bright spot for the library crew came when Dalton Bess’ shot to deep right-center field was caught by Jagger Felty in a dazzling play. 

The score was 3-0 after one inning.

The library failed to score in the top of the second. Their efforts were quashed on a play that started with a runner on first base and one out. FNB first baseman Deborah Cook made a play on a grounder, tagged first, then threw to Kyler Robinson at second, who tagged out the advancing runner. The double play closed the book on the half-inning.

In the bottom of the second, FNB scored six runs. Hits were made by Kobe Cagle, Kiara Blevins, Robinson, Waggoner, Jones, and Cook, and Connor Farmer had a sacrifice fly-out. The score was 9-0 after two innings.

In the top of the third inning, Morrison Library got a run across to make it 9-1. The bottom of the third saw FNB score six runs, thanks to good hitting on their part and poor defense on the part of the library. 

In the inning, Farmer had a two-RBI double, Bess an RBI triple, and Kobe Cagle an RBI base hit. 

For Morrison Library, Daylin Oakes looked like Ken Griffey Jr., in left-center field, making spectacular defensive plays with his wheels and mitt. Anything hit in the air near his terrain was caught. FNB was up 15-1 after three innings.

Loretta Fults, for her part, pitched a solid game for Morrison Library.