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Hannah Smith, Megan Hiner Lead Ringers Past Punks 12-7
July 11, 2007 - Megan Hiner pitched the first four innings, allowing the Smith’s Tack Shack Ringers to build a 12-1 lead against the JP4 ExPress Punks. But after being relieved in the fifth and sixth innings, Hiner was called on again to close out the game as the Ringers held on for a 12-7 victory.
The game was one of several in the Optimist Club girls major league action at the diamonds in Sunset Park last week.
The Ringers bolted out to a big lead early, scoring five times in the opening inning. They added one in the second, and then came up with four in the third and two more in the fourth frame. That stretched their lead to 12-1 after just four innings.
But the Punks’ bats came to life in the fifth inning when Samantha Kuhn drew a walk and Jocelyn Sturgill sent her home with a triple. Sturgill then scored on a sacrifice by Angie Smith that cut the lead to 12-3 and avoided the ten-run rule.
The Punks avoided the ten-run rule in the bottom of the fifth after pitcher Mahaley Hagy walked Hayley Morgan to start the inning. Hagy then struck out the next three Ringer hitters to end the threat and keep the Punks alive.
They responded offensively with another rally in the seventh inning by scoring four more times. After Samantha Kuhn and Sturgill reached base, Chelsea Howard drew a walk and Askia Howard drilled a double, scoring two runners. Jessica Keck drove in Howard and the lead was cut to 12-7. But Hiner settled down and got the final out to end the game.
The Ringers bolted out to the early 5-0 lead when five of the first six batters reached base and scored. Hiner led the game off with a triple and scored on an RBI-double by Jessica Runyon. She scored on a double by Hannah Smith and the Ringers were off and running. Cassie Hammer and Hannah Jackson also plated runs in the opening frame for the winners.
A four-run third by the Ringers seemingly put the game out of reach. Smith, Hammer, Hannah Jackson and Katie Wilfong all scored in the inning – the highlight being a two-run double by Jackson. Hiner and Kaelee Kuhn added insurance runs for the Ringers in the fourth inning, increasing the lead to 12-1 at that point.
Hannah Smith had two hits and scored two runs for the Ringers. Megan Hiner, Cassie Hammer and Hannah Jackson also crossed the plate twice, while Katie Wilfong, Hannah Morgan, Jessica Runyon and Kaelee Kuhn plated single runs.
Sturgill, Chelsea Howard and Ashkia Howard had extra-base hits for the Punks. Angie Smith singled and drove home one run, while Mahaley Hagy and Samantha Kuhn both scored twice. Samantha McCorkle and Jessica Keck also had singles for the Punks.
The JP4 Express Punks won their season opener over the Knightstown Classroom Teachers Association Pink Ladies 15-4 on June 30.
The game was nearly put out of reach in the first inning, as the Punks saw their first seven batters reach base score in the game. Jocelyn Sturgill led off the game with a single, and Katie Buckley drew a walk. Chelsea Howard reached on an error, and then Ashkia Howard and Samantha Kuhn both drew walks, putting the Punks up 2-0.
Angie Smith then reached on a bunt single, scoring Howard. Jessica Keck then sent a sharp grounder to third base that was misplayed, scoring two more runners. All seven of those girls scored before the inning was over, spotting the Punks to a 7-0 lead.
The CTA Pink Ladies came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Amber Reed and Janice Ortman both singled and were sent home by a base hit from Pam Crawford. But the Pink Ladies would strand Crawford, Ruby Chew and Mari Beth Wells in the inning, failing to take advantage of a bases-full situation.
That opened the door winder for the Punks, who erupted for four more runs in their half of the second inning and stretched the lead to 11-2. An RBI-fielder’s choice by Ashkia Howard scored Chelsea Howard, and Samantha Kuhn, Angie Smith and Jessica Keck also plated runs in the pivotal frame. Mahaley Hagy and Keck both had RBIs in the frame.
The Pink Ladies came back with two runs in the fourth when Mari Beth Wells and Kasey Day crossed the plate. But they left the bases full again, stranding 10 runners in all during the game.
Ashkia Howard ended up with a great day at the plate for the Punks, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Chelsea Howard and Katie Buckley both scored three times, while Jocelyn Sturgill, Angie Smith, Samantha Kuhn and Jessica Keck plated two runs apiece. Abby Wilkerson and Mahaley Hagy both had RBIs for the winners.
The Pink Ladies received runs from Amber Reed, Janice Ortman, Mari Beth Wells and Kasey Day.
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