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Perfect season
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Ben Lomand Connect completed a perfect campaign in the girls 9-10 junior league Thursday night with a pair of blowout victories on the final night of the regular season.
Behind a no-hitter by Madison Hollis, Ben Lomand beat L&M Floors 16-0. It was followed by a 17-1 victory over TN Warehouse to improve Ben Lomand to 8-0 this season.
Ben Lomand came into Thursday’s game knowing the top seed in the postseason tournament, scheduled to begin Monday, July 8, was already secured. Perfection was the goal in the back-to-back games.
Hollis took the message to heart as she was a few walks away from tossing a perfect game against L&M Floors. Hollis completed the no-hitter with nine strikeouts over four innings of work, though she surrendered four walks.
Hitting wasn’t a problem for Ben Lomand though. Mallori Hart started the game with a triple, the first of four straight hits for Ben Lomand against Sadie Simmons. Calyn Damon followed with an RBI double before Hollis and Annaston McBride hit back-to-back RBI singles. Ben Lomand led 5-0 after the first inning when Chloe Pennington hit an RBI groundout to bring in Mary Ella Lee.
Hart and Damon ignited a rally in the second inning with back-to-back triples. Hollis followed with an RBI double before four walks put three more runs on the board.
Leading 10-0 to start the third inning, McBride put an exclamation point on the victory with an inside-the-park grand slam. Lee and Kylie Young added RBI doubles as Ben Lomand won 16-0.
It was Damon’s turn to star in the circle when Ben Lomand downed TN Warehouse. Damon struck out five over three innings of work while allowing one run on three hits.
Ben Lomand started the game with five runs in the first inning. Damon helped her cause with an RBI triple while McBride added a two-run double.
Back-to-back RBI doubles from Lee and Young in the top of the second pushed the lead to 9-0 before TN Warehouse got its only offense in the bottom of the inning.
Gretchen Stuart singled to start the inning, then advanced to second on a single by Hannah Corley. The duo pulled off a double steal to put two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Stuart decided to take matters into her own hands after a passed ball as she sprinted home and slid under a tag for TN Warehouse’s lone run. Corley tried the same strategy, but was tagged out on her attempt to steal home.
Ben Lomand got the run back and more in the third. McBride, Young, Journey Cowan and Chloe Pennington had RBI singles to grow the lead to 14-1 after three innings.
After Damon ended the third inning with her fifth strikeout, Ben Lomand continued to build its lead. Hollis scored Hart with a double before McBride and Young added RBI singles to push the advantage to 16.
When time expired during the fourth inning, TN Warehouse wasn’t able to bat because of the league’s run rule limiting teams to a maximum of eight runs an inning.
With the loss, TN Warehouse dropped to 2-6 on the season. L&M Floors fell to 5-3, tying the team with Roger’s Service Company for second place. L&M Floors and Roger’s Service Company will meet in the opening round of the girls junior league tournament while TN Warehouse will play Ramirez Transport. Ben Lomand earned an opening-round bye.