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Girls take aim at tourney title
TN Warehouse, Rogers Service advance in junior league action
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After a long layoff, the girls 9-10 junior league tournament started Monday at Hoover and Millraney field with a pair of games.
TN Warehouse opened play with a 12-10 victory over Ramirez Transport and Roger’s Service Company followed by beating L&M Floors 14-1.
The league finished the regular season Thursday, June 27, but had to wait out a week of rain and fireworks to begin its tournament. When play started Monday, the intensity picked up right were it left off.
Ramirez Transport and TN Warehouse battled to the bitter end, with TN Warehouse scoring the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fourth to stay in the winner’s bracket.
The game entered the fourth tied 7-7 and TN Warehouse pitcher Cierra Martin retired Ramirez Transport in order in the top half of the inning.
Elia Atterson started the bottom of the inning with a single, her third hit of the game for TN Warehouse. Atterson would come around on a single by Alora Stuart, giving TN Warehouse the lead for good.
Kinsley Lorance added a two-run single in the frame while Alyssa Jones completed the five-run inning by drawing a walk and scoring later on a passed ball.
Leading 12-7, TN Warehouse only needed to hold Ramirez Transport one more time to advance to play top-seeded Ben Lomand. It wasn’t easy, but Martin was able to lead her team to the victory.
After surrendering a lead-off walk, Martin struck out two batters to get one out away from the win. Another walk was followed by an two-run single from Taylor Swann and RBI double by Linlee Wanamaker to make it 12-10, but that was as close as Ramirez Transport would get.
With runners on first and third and two outs, Martin got Icie Mae Craven to ground out to second base for the final out.
Ramirez Transport held the lead three times in the contest, only to see TN Warehouse come back each time.
Kendall Pendergraph and Kiya Chavez each had RBI singles for Ramirez Transport in a five-run first inning, but TN Warehouse came back with five runs of its own thanks to eight free passes.
Craven’s double to bring in Wanamaker made it 6-5 in the top of the second, though the lead didn’t last long. Martin drove in Atterson with a two-out double in the bottom of the second to knot the score at six.
Anslee Miller would give Ramirez Tranport its last lead when she walked and scored in the third. TN Warehouse erased the advantage in the bottom of the third as Lorance scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 7-7. TN Warehouse completed its comeback with its scoring surge in the fourth inning.
Atterson led TN Warehouse with three hits while Lorance finished with two. Martin, Stuart and Alyssa Jones had one hit each.
Swann, Wanamaker, Craven, Pendergraph and Chavez had hits in the loss for Ramirez Transport.
In the second game Monday, Roger’s Service Company jumped out to an early lead and never slowed down.
After Taylor Peterson scored following a walk in the top of the first for L&M Floors, Roger’s Service Company scored the game’s next 14 runs.
Emily Woodlee hit an RBI single to highlight a three-run first inning for Roger’s Service Company. Kaydee Rains’ run-scoring single and a two-run double by Rhealee Johnson helped pushed the lead to 8-1 after the second inning.
The hits kept coming in the third inning as Woodlee, Kansas Hennessee and Ella Bond started the frame with three straight hits.
Jasmine Davenport added an RBI single to the cause and the inning finished with Kensley Whiteaker hitting a two-run single to score Hailey Collett and Chase Milanovich.
After Johnson pitched the first three innings and held L&M Floors hitless, Kaydee Rains finished the job by striking out the side in the top of the fourth without allowing a hit. It was the first no-hitter of the season for Roger’s Service Company.
Woodlee led Roger’s Service with two hits, followed by Whiteaker, Rains, Johnson, Hennessee, Bond, Davenport and Macy Simmons with one hit each.
L&M Floors and Ramirez Tranport met Tuesday night in an elimination game while TN Warehouse moved on to play Ben Lomand. Neither game was completed by press time. For more information, check Friday’s Southern Standard.