There’s no secret what the winning recipe has been in the girls fast-pitch league the last two years. Turn loose Ceilee Gudat in the circle and have big bats provide run support and a championship will come.
Tennessee Credit earned the title Monday night in the girls 10-14 league, downing Security Federal 16-6 in the championship game. It was the second straight championship for many on Tennessee Credit, including Gudat, who finished with 10 strikeouts in the title game.
Aaron Gudat presided over the championship run by Tennessee Credit, which followed an undefeated run to the top spot last year by Aaron’s Heat and Air. His daughter Ceilee hasn’t lost in the circle at McMinnville Civic Center in two years - she was absent at her team’s lone loss this season.
Security Federal sent an early scare into the favorites in the first, with Gracie Gilley crushing a two-run triple to the fence. Gilley ultimately scored on a passed ball, giving the visitors an early 3-0 lead.
Tennessee Credit responded with 13 straight runs.
Emma Muncie and Kyaira Sharpe each had RBI singles during a five-run first inning, while four free passes grew the lead to 8-3 in the second.
By the time Tennessee Credit had a barrage of RBI singles from Muncie, Sharpe and Gudat in the third, the advantage swelled to 13-3.
Security Federal was able to take advantage of a steady diet of Gudat changeups in the fourth, swiping home twice after free passes to keep the game going. Ryleigh Rankin added an RBI single to make it 13-6, but it wouldn’t get any closer.
Abby Sullivan ended the game with a big blast to centerfield, scoring two runs on a walk-off triple.
Sullivan, Gudat, Muncie, Sharpe, Kaylee Sklanka and Zoie Conner had finished with hits in the victory. Gilley, Rankin and Ruby Denning had the lone hits for Security Federal.