One Junior League game and two Senior League games were on the slate in Morrison softball action Tuesday night.
Auto World 19
Circle W Angus 1
In the Junior League game, it was Circle W Angus versus Auto World. Auto World built leads of 5-0 after the top of the first inning, 9-0 after the top of the second, and 12-1 after the top of the third. Peyton Rucker had six RBIs and two inside-the-park home runs to lead Auto World. Hailey Reynolds chipped in with two walks and two hits, Kariana Ferrell had three hits, and Judo Merriman contributed two hits.
For Circle W Angus, Charlee Trapp did an excellent job playing defense at third base, making several good plays on fly balls and groundballs.
High Funeral Home 4
The first of the two Senior League games had Allgas bury High Funeral Home.
High’s, batting first, failed to get a run across in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning, Allgas came close to scoring a run. However, Isaiah Robledo’s throw from the outfield and the subsequent relay home got the scampering Leah Jones out at the plate.
The Allgas defense, particularly Levi Jones’ glove, kept High scoreless in the top of the second. In the bottom of the second, the Allgas bats came alive and sent High’s to the grave.
Jones got things started with an infield hit. Janet Perez reached base on an error. Tyler Lee drew a walk. Ethan Cantrell drew a bases-loaded walk to score Levi Jones and make the score 1-0. Then Gunner Hillis put the ball in play to score a run, after which Manny Perez whacked a two-RBI base hit to extend the lead to 4-0.
Dakota Certain, Leah Jones, and Noah Bain all drew walks to score Manny Perez. Bella Bain, hitting cleanup, then cleared the loaded bases with a three-RBI double. After that, Levi Jones scored Bain and himself with an inside-the-park home run. Lee, batting for a second time in the inning, hit a double to the fence, which was followed by an Ethan Cantrell two-RBI inside-the-park home run. When the dust had cleared, Allgas was leading 12-0 after the second inning.
High’s could never rally to make it close.
Jeff’s Towing 18
Runs were scored right off the bat in this contest. Steadfast put up 9 runs in the top half of the first thanks to hits from Hunter Musgrove, Gabby Monzon, Brett Cook, Megan Underwood, and Kaitlyn Brock. The bright spot for Jeff’s Towing was an outfield catch by Peyton Rucker to rob Brett Cook of a hit.
Jeff’s responded with runs of its own in the bottom of the first. Will Prater got the rally started with a double to right field, and Gracie Self followed with a gapper to right-center field to score Prater.
Mason Knowles got in on the act with a single to score Self. Asa Robertson then singled to score Knowles. Jalen Watson knocked Robertson home with a double. Kaden Rucker ripped a triple to score Watson, and Peyton Rucker (who had so much fun in the evening’s previous Junior League game that he decided to see what the senior league was all about) hit a sacrifice fly to score Kaden Rucker. At the end of the first, Steadfast held a 9-6 lead.
In the top of the second Steadfast added two more runs thanks to RBIs by Josh Underwood and Brock. In the bottom of the inning, Jeff’s answered with another mini-rally. Prater doubled to right. That brought up Self, who had that look in her eye and was verily tearing the cover off the ball all night. Self smacked an RBI single to cut the lead to 11-7. Knowles then went (inside-the-park) yard, scoring Self and himself.
Robertson kept things going with a double to left and was brought home when Watson doubled to left. At the end of the second, the score was 11-10 in favor of Steadfast.
It came down to the bottom of the fifth when Jeff’s Towing had a last gasp. Prater singled and Knowles doubled. Both ended up scoring. With two outs, Robertson reached base on an infield single but was tagged out at second base after getting greedy. Steadfast walked away with a 22-18 win.
Former Pioneer baseball great Cole Estes umpired well behind the plate in the evening’s games, and local celebrity Matthew Vandagriff, a fine fisherman, served as third base coach for Steadfast.