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Womack Printing wins in extra frame
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In girls 9-10-year-old softball, the games don’t get much closer than they did Monday evening at the Hoover Millraney Field. Holton Industries went toe to toe with Womack Printing even though both sides were without their starting pitchers.
From the very first out until the very last out these two teams were fully engaged in an all-out battle that took an extra inning after the time limit had expired. Womack Printing held off the fearless charge from Holton Industries to give them the 8-7 victory.
With the time limit expired and headed into an extra inning of play, Holton Industries’ Kimberly Mendieta drew a walk after the lead-off batter of the inning went down on strikes for out one. Mandieta quickly scampered down to second base on a wild pitch. In the same at-bat, Mandeita was quick off the block and she had stolen third base with ease.
Tied at seven and a runner threatening at third base, strike three was called for out number two. The following batter, Grace Sparkman, used a keen eye and drew a walk and she quickly made her way to second base without much hesitation. Emma Muncey singled a slow roller back to the pitcher and she had her wits about her and checked the runner back to third base.
So in an extra inning with two outs and the bases loaded for Holton Industries, you could feel the anticipation for a base hit. It would not be, and the third out came from a strikeout and Holton Industries left three stranded and the score remained 7-7.
Lataya Johnson started off the inning for Womack Printing with a walk and in similar fashion, she wasted little time and advanced to second base. The following batter went down on strikes for out one. Regin Grissom singled for Womack Printing and Johnson advanced to third and they had runners at the corners with one out. Paige Sweeton was the next batter due up and she was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded with only one out. That brought up Sadie Duggin and once again the anticipation for a hit grew. Duggin took several pitches all around the strike zone and she eventually drew a walk and Johnson scored from third base ending the game at 8-7 in favor of Womack Printing.
Holton Industries came out full steam ahead in the top of the first inning and took a five-run lead, but quickly lost steam shortly thereafter. Samantha McCormick, Katie Blackman, Jaycie Hodges, Mendieta, and Bre’anna Harris all drew walks in the first inning that accounted for all five of their first inning runs for Holton Industries. Sparkman, Muncey, and Katie Blackman kept the runners on the move and each of them also drew walks until they had reached their five-run limit.
In the bottom of the first, the defense combined with several well-placed pitches and took down three of the four batters faced in the inning. For Womack Printing, Chloe Volf drew a walk for her team’s only production and they trailed 5-0 after one.
In the top of the second, Hodges drew a lead-off walk for Holton Industries. A strikeout followed by a second walk by Harris put two on base with only one out. A ground ball for out number two stifled the Holton Industries offense briefly, but Hodges and Harris advanced to third and second base off the ground ball. Muncey singled and it scored both runners and Holton Industries took a 7-0 lead just before the third out.
The bottom of the second was not any more kind than the previous inning and Johnson singled to lead off the inning for Womack Printing. Back-to-back outs came and Johnson had advanced to second base when Sweeton drew a walk. The inning was cut short by a strikeout for the final out of the inning and the score remained 5-0.
In the top of the third, the pitching by Womack Printing had settled down and the defense was making plays. After a lead-off out, Jaycie Hodges picked up a walk and wasted no time in making her way to second base. Unfortunately Holton Industries did not add to its five run lead and the next two batters went down at first base for out two, and a strikeout for out number three.
Womack Printing started off the inning with a walk by Trinity Eckol. Savannah Duggin smacked a line-drive double and Eckol scored all the way from first base making it a 7-1 Holton Industries lead. Jazlynn Ward was hit by a pitch and that put runners on first and second base for Womack Printing. Volf drew a walk to load the bases for Womack Printing with no outs. The following batter picked up out number one and that was followed by a monstrous swing by Johnson for a triple that cleared the bases and put Womack within three at 7-4. Grissom walked after a strikeout for the second out of the inning. With two on and two out, Sweeton crushed a shot to the fence and she homered and cleared the bases, not to mention she tied the game at 7-7 for Womack Printing.
In the top of the fourth, Holton Industries got a lead-off walk from Sparkman and the next three batters went down in order and the score remained 7-7.