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Mudbums runs past Southern Girls
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Southern Girls had to get down and dirty if they were going to compete with Mudbums on Monday evening. Mudbums likes to hit and run, but mostly run, and Monday night was just another day at the park.
Mudbums has a feisty offense, not to mention a ferocious defense, and a knowledgeable coaching staff led by Nolan Esparza. Monday night Mudbums used it all on the Southern Girls. Mudbums defeated Southern Girls by a final score of 8-1.
Southern Girls went to work in the top of the first. Kora Forbes and Dallas Melton each drew walks to put two runners on for Southern Girls. Mea Starkey doubled and scored Forbes from second base to give Southern Girls an early 1-0 lead. The Mudbums defense turned up the pressure and retired the next three batters for Southern Girls in order.
Mudbums was up in the bottom of the first and Halo Armstrong drew a lead-off walk for Mudbums. Danika Reno and Aleya Esparza smashed back-to-back doubles for Mudbums and they claimed the lead, 2-1. A strikeout brought out one followed by another walk. In the meantime the base runners were making their way into scoring position. Another strikeout for out two was followed by a walk by Emily Stoner and the bases were loaded. Molly Smith was hit by a pitch which scored the third run of the inning and Mudbums led 3-1 after the first.
Southern Girls started the second inning off with two consecutive strikeouts followed by Halle Smith, who drew a walk. The excitement was short-lived and out three came on another strikeout to end the Southern Girl momentum.
Mudbums went back to work at the plate. Kinslee Grissom was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the second. Armstrong smashed a triple and scored Grissom from third base. Reno drew a walk and Esparza followed her with a single. Allison Hudson and Powers drew a walk before Ryleigh Rankin singled to score more Mudbum runs. Emily Stoner drew a walk and by the time the inning was over Mudbums took a commanding lead at 8-1 after two complete innings.
Southern Girls started the inning off with a strikeout for out one. Three consecutive walks by Andrea Jefferson, Kara Deboard, and Keera Anderson loaded the bases for Southern Girls, but it was the Mudbums defense that took control and ended the scoring threat of Southern Girls and picked up back-to-back outs to end the game.
Mudbums was up to the hit-and-run style emphasized by coach Esparza and it was more than Southern Girls could overcome and they were defeated by a final score of 8-1.