The girls 7-8 machine-pitch league has been dominated by Dream Builders thus far, but the top team was off Tuesday and it gave other teams a chance to shine.
Foust Construction and First National Bank each took turns in the spotlight as they held on for close wins on Pete Holt Field.
Foust Construction beat Triple H 9-8 while First National Bank bested Big Mo’s 9-7.
Foust Construction moved to 5-1 with its latest win, one that saw the home team only bat twice during the game.
Foust Construction scored three runs in the first, then added six runs in the second before holding on to win in the third.
Mia Hobbs was instant offense for Foust Construction in the bottom of the first as she led off with an inside-the-park home run.
Ryleigh Rankin added an RBI triple to score Emily DeArmond before Hailey Basham gave her team a 3-2 lead by scoring Rankin with a single.
Triple H jumped back into the lead with RBI singles by Ebonie Ross and Dallis Melton, but Foust Construction was ready to rally at the plate.
Abby Sullivan and Brianna Harris started the second with singles before Hobbs drilled a double to put Foust Construction ahead 5-4.
Molly Smith kept the rally going with a run-scoring single to extend the lead to two.
Extra-base hits by DeArmond and Rankin, along with RBI singles by Basham and Jessie Young, made it 9-4 entering the third inning.
Azjana Burks and Danika Reno each singled to start the third, giving Triple H life as time expired.
Ross sliced the lead to three with a two-run double and RBI hits by Melton and Madison Callis made it 9-8, but Triple H fell one run short as a strikeout ended the game. Triple H fell to 1-5 with the loss.
Third place in the league was at stake when First National Bank and Big Mo’s clashed in the final game Tuesday and Marli McBride got to be the hero for First National Bank.
McBride’s bases-loaded single in the fourth inning scored Bailey Brock and Carly Pack as First National Bank won in walk-off fashion.
The game entered the bottom of the fourth tied at 7-7, but McBride was the difference as First National Bank improved to 3-4.
McBride finished the game with three hits, which tied for the team lead with Mea Starkey. Starkey added a inside-the-park grand slam in the second inning for First National Bank.
Brock, Pack, Maddox Jones, Allison Hudson and Savannah Foster also had hits for First National Bank.
Big Mo’s, which fell to 2-4, got hits from Alyssa Mosley, Bella Cantrell, Bella Bain, Jenna Newby and Sarah Woodruff.
Woodruff and Cantrell had inside-the-park home runs in a five-run first inning for Big Mo’s.
Dream Builders put its undefeated 5-0 record on the line last night when 7-8 girls machine-pitch action resumed at Pete Holt Field. Results were unavailable at press time. Check Sunday’s Southern Standard for more information.