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Girls 7-8 machine-pitch tourney
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After waiting out the rain last week, the girls 7-8 machine-pitch league got its double-elimination tournament started Monday at Pete Holt Field with a pair of games.
First National Bank began play with an 8-5 win over Big Mo’s and Warren Family Practice followed with a 5-4 victory over Triple H.
First National Bank got the benefit of a replay to defeat Big Mo’s. Last Thursday, the two teams began the tournament and finished three innings with Big Mo’s leading 8-4, but rained forced the game to be stopped.
League officials ruled the game had to be replayed from the start and First National Bank took advantage of the ruling. First National Bank scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back.
Grace Sparkman gave Big Mo’s a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with an inside-the-park home run, but First National Bank answered back quickly.
Marli McBride and Halle Smith started the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles before Mea Starkey knotted the game at one with an RBI single. Lauren Mansfield followed with a two-run triple, then scored on Savanna Foster’s ground out to make it 4-1 after one inning.
Big Mo’s didn’t score in the second inning, giving First National Bank a chance to extend its lead. Four straight singles to start the second produced three runs for First National Bank as the lead grew to six. McBride and Smith started the rally once again with singles. Allison Hudson scored her teammates with a single of her own, then came around to make it 7-1 on a single by Starkey.
Big Mo’s mounted a rally in the third inning behind RBI triples from Bella Bain and Laurna Beth McCormick, along with run-scoring singles by Grace Sparkman and Sarah Woodruff, but it wouldn’t be enough.
With the lead trimmed to 7-5 entering the bottom of the third, McBride provided an insurance run with an inside-the-park home run.
Big Mo’s went scoreless in the top of the fourth and time expired shortly after as First National Bank celebrated victory.
McBride and Starkey led First National Bank with three hits each. Smith, Hudson, Mansfield and Baily Brock also added hits in the victory.
Sparkman, Bain, McCormick, Woodruff, Bella Cantrell, Jenna Newby and Mary Grace Martin all had hits in the loss for Big Mo’s.
Warren Family Practice rallied in the fourth inning to pick up its first win in tournament play Monday. Warren Family Practice scored four runs in the top of the fourth to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead.
Kaylen Jacobs started the surge with a double, then scored on a triple by Lataya Johnson. Zoie Conner tied the game with a single before being joined on the base paths by Kara Best following her single.
Gracie Caldwell gave Warren Family Practice the lead with a single to score Johnson and Cadi Beth Todd provided the crucial fifth run with another single, one of seven hits for Warren Family Practice in the fourth inning.
Triple H had a chance to tie in the bottom of the fourth, but fell one run short. Ebonie Ross singled and scored to make it 5-4, but Adrian Cagle couldn’t reach third on a ground ball by Azjana Burks with two outs as Warren Family Practice got a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Best and Todd led Warren Family Practice with three hits apiece, followed by Caldwell and Hailey Simpson with two hits each. Jacobs, Johnson and Conner added one hit apiece.
Burks, Ross, Cagle, Madison Callis, Danika Reno, Paige Sweeton, Dallis Melton and Chloe Rogers had hits for Triple H.
The girls 7-8 machine-pitch tournament continued last night at Pete Holt Field. Results were unavailable at press time. The tournament will continue Thursday night.