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Ramirez Transport trucks into finals
Perry Reed gets ready to deliver a pitch during tournament action in Newtown on Wednesday night against First National.
In co-ed semifinal tournament softball action at Newtown on Wednesday night, Ramirez Transport took on First National as both teams looked to punch a ticket to the championship game, which will be played next Wednesday night.First National led throughout the game and held an 11-10 advantage heading into the final inning of play but Ramirez Transport used a 16-run top of the fifth to build a 15-run lead and win the game, 26-13.Despite the loss, First National still remains in the tournament and will face Sina Neal, next Wednesday, for a right to play Ramirez Transport again in the championship game.Omar Benitez led Ramirez Transport at the plate as he went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double and a home run. Linsey Youngblood also had a 4-for-5 night as she hit three singles and a triple in the game. Josh Winfree had a 4-for-4 night, while Jared Underwood, Jeff Chisam, Houston Youngblood and Perry Reed all added three hits apiece in the victory.In the loss, First National was led by several players who had four hits apiece.Ramirez Transport built an early three-run lead, in the top of the first thanks to a 2-RBI single by Benitez and a RBI single by Chisam, 3-0.Despite having runners on base in the bottom of the inning, First National failed to get any runs.After Ramirez Transport added a run to its lead in the top of the second, First National grabbed the lead in the bottom of the inning as it scored five runs courtesy of a RBI double, a RBI single and a 3-RBI triple, 5-4, after two.Ramirez Transport tied the game in the top of the third as it scored a run to make things even again, 5-5.First National regained the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to an RBI double, 6-5 as they had the momentum, heading into the fourth.After Ramirez Transport tied the game for the second consecutive inning in the top half of the fourth, First National took a five-run lead in the bottom of the inning, 11-6, as it continued to hold the lead.Ramirez Transport scored four runs in the top of the fifth to stay in the game thanks to timely hitting, 11-10.