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The stakes were raised Tuesday night when the girls 7-8 machine-pitch league began its double-elimination tournament.Ramirez Trucking and Warren Family Practice stayed in the winner’s bracket as 11 runs proved to be the right number for both victors.Ramirez Trucking defeated Advanced Orthopedics 11-7, while Warren Family Practice won 11-4 over First National Bank.Kendall Pendergraph set the tone early for Ramirez Trucking. Pendergraph began the first inning with an inside-the-park home run, sparking a five-run inning.Pendergraph, Danika Reno, Kylie Young and Hailey Collett each finished 3-for-3 as Ramirez Trucking advanced.Nuca Ramirez, Azjana Burks and Ebonie Ross added two hits apiece, while Madison Manier had one hit in the four-run win.Emily DeArmond, Alix Driver, Keyle Rhea, Reighly Rankin and Hailey Basham had two hits each for Advanced Orthopedics. Hannah Corley and Maggie Garrett added one hit apiece.A big fourth inning for Warren Family Practice powered the team to victory in the opening round of the tournament.Warren Family Practice entered the fourth inning leading 6-4, but five runs put the game out of reach.A two-run double by Bella Cantrell and run-scoring singles by Taylor Caldwell, Sadie Simmons and Kiya Chavez gave Warren Family Practice a sizable lead entering the bottom of the fourth and First National Bank never recovered.Cantrell, Simmons and Sarah Woodruff led Warren Family Practice with three hits.

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