There was excitement overload Thursday night in the girls 7-9 league at McMinnville Civic Center. One game went into extra innings, while the second featured a walk-off hit – both huge results as the league closes in on the end of the regular season.
In the opener, Tennessee Warehouse was able to use an eight-run sixth inning to topple Womack Printing 20-13. Paired with Citizen’s Tri-County Bank falling 12-11 to Graves Family Orchard on Carley Stotts’ game-winning hit, Tennessee Warehouse has a chance to take the top spot in a make-up game with Citizen’s Bank this week.
The opportunity was almost erased by Womack Printing.
After falling behind 12-6, Womack Printing stormed back with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Samara Harris ignited the rally with an inside-the-park home run, while Willa Denning had a vital two-run double.
After a scoreless fifth, Tennessee Warehouse took over in extra innings.
Naveah Duggin started the rally with a single, starting a string of eight hits in the frame. By the time Ella Wells slammed a two-run double and Brynlee Chisam and Stella Dunn followed with run-scoring singles, Tennessee Warehouse held a commanding 20-12 lead.
Womack Printing got one run in the sixth, but never could mount a rally.
The same night provided even more fireworks, with the coaching staffs from Graves Family Orchard and Citizen’s Bank having to be separated at one point.
Tempers flared shortly after Citizen’s Bank rallied to tie the game with three runs in the fifth inning, courtesy of RBIs from Amaya Martin, Izzy Pitts and Rylee Young.
Citizen’s Bank looked poised to keep scoring, but a close call at first ended the threat. Both teams left the field, but coaches wanted to check the call at first, only to be denied.
Both coaching staffs were on the field, with some heated words exchanged at the center of the field before play resumed.
Graves Family Orchard wasted little time putting the game away. Khloie Wilson started with a single, which was followed by an Aryana Luna double.
Stotts finished the game on the next pitch, sending a hot shot into left field that allowed Wilson to score.
The girls 7-9 league is set to conclude the regular season this week.