Previously unbeaten Smarty Pants initially looked to be in pretty good shape in this Midway matchup Monday night before Precision Auto Machine hit the gas for a 14-7 win.
Smarty Pants led 4-0 after one inning.
The score was 8-7 in favor of Precision going into the fourth, and that is when the game started to turn. The change of fortunes prompted Smarty Pants second baseman Hannah Richardson to utter "oh my goodness gracious."
Smarty Pants failed to score in the fourth, and Precision picked up two runs. Smarty Pants again went dry offensively in the next two innings, while Precision continued to rev its engine. Precision ended up outscoring Smarty Pants 6-0 in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to earn the win.
For Smarty Pants, Saydie Farmer, Emily Myers, and Richardson had RBI base hits. Kaytee, Payton, and Saydie Farmer each had a great catch in the outfield.
Smarty Pants shortstop Sierah Kester made two excellent defensive plays herself: a catch on a liner and a subsequent throw to first base to double-up Mary Grace Martin in the first inning, and in the second inning a nifty backpedaling catch to rob Paisley Wanamaker of a hit.
For Precision, Emeline Bell had a three-run inside-the-park home run to right-center field in the third inning to give Precision the lead. Paisley Wanamaker and Sara Davis had RBI hits as well.
It did not look like Smarty Pants first base coach Landon Grissom was going to be able to coach in this game. However, by virtue of his paying someone $40 to take his shift in the pressbox keeping the scoreboard and announcing batters, he was able to be there for his team.
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Douglas & Lanier played good ball and picked up the win. D&L cleanup hitter Rachel Bell was scorching the ball cartoonishly in this contest, with the apple flying off her bat every time. Bell had two singles, two triples, an inside-the-park homer and four RBIs.
A scare came in the top of the fifth when D&L’s BeBe Brackley got a hit and then injured herself sliding into second base. She walked off on her own power, though, and appeared to be all right.