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Down 13 Runs, Diamond Crushers Rally for 17-16 Win
June 25, 2008 - The Knightstown Meats & Catering Diamond Crushers pulled off an unbelievable comeback Monday night by rallying from 13 runs behind to defeat the Brooks Insurance Agency Screaming Eagles, 17-16. The action-packed game was a semifinal battle in the Knightstown Home Optimist Club’s girls junior league tournament.
The Screaming Eagles had exploded for seven runs in each of the first two innings and got two more in the third to lead 15-2. The Diamond Crushers then completely turned the tide, scoring three runs in the third, five more in the fourth and six in the fifth inning to pull to within one run. A two-run seventh inning gave the Diamond Crushers the unlikely victory.
The Diamond Crushers won when Josie Riggs scored in the extra inning off a hit by Georgee Lawhorne.
A seven-run first inning catapulted the Screaming Eagles to the early lead. Sidney Vise, Candice Wyatt, Ryan Reese, Hannah Apollos, Loren Hulholland, Emma Gulley and Lily Vise all crossed the plate to stake the girls to a 7-0 lead. Apollos and Gulley both slammed home runs in that opening frame.
Riggs and Lawhorne both scored their first runs of the game – they would combine for six – as the Diamond Crushers cut the margin to 7-2.
Back came the Screaming Eagles in the second inning, exploding for seven more runs. Gulley belted her second home run and Peyton Willoughby slammed a triple. Sidney Vise, Wyatt, Reese, Apollos, and Lily Vise all also scored to increase the margin to 14-2 and put the Diamond Crushers, who had won twice against the Screaming Eagles this year, against the wall. The Screaming Eagles had defeated the Diamond Crushers 12-8 in the first round of the softball tournament.
The lead was 15-2 before the winners pulled out an incredible rally. Riggs and Lawhorne singled and both scored on a double by Codey Miller. Miller scored on Mary Muncy’s sacrifice to make it 15-5.
Facing the potential 10-run rule loss, the Diamond Crushers instead took control of the game in the fourth inning. They erupted for five runs by taking advantage of five walks and collecting three hits. Jessica Brown, Gwen Grider, Dallen Miller, Andi Skinner, Libby Schmidtz and Josie Riggs all scored in the inning to cut the lead to 15-10.
Sydney Vise ripped a home run in the sixth inning for the Screaming Eagles, increasing the lead to 16-10. But that would be all of the fireworks the team would see the rest of the way.
The Diamond Crushers came right back with six more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game. Brown, Grider, Miller, Skinner and Schmidtz drew consecutive walks, and Baleigh Davis drilled a bases-clearing double. Lawhorne sent Davis home to tie the game.
The Screaming Eagles threatened in the top of the seventh when they loaded the bases with just one out. But Lily Vise, McKinley Henderson and Darma Holder were left stranded.
Riggs went 4-for-5 with four runs scored for the Diamond Crushers. Lawhorne was also 4-for-5 and scored two runs. Codey Miller had a 4-for-4 night with one run, while Grider went 3-for-4 with a run. Dallen Miller, Brown, Skinner and Schmidtz scored two times each, while Davis had a hit and scored one time.
Wyatt, Reese, Sydney Vise, Lily Vise, Apollos and Holder all had three hits apiece for the Screaming Eagles. Jane Ann Frazier had a pair of hits, while Gulley ripped two home runs and had five RBIs.
Willoughby and Mulholland also hit safely and scored runs. Henderson reached base two times, but was stranded on each occasion.
The MT Media Stars advanced to the championship game of the girls minor league tournament by defeating the Screaming Eagles 17-8.
Bailey Coffman went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Ali Wilfong belted a home run and triple, also scoring three times. Allison Sander was 2-for-2 with three runs, and Kiley Breece went 3-for-4 and scored twice.
Lindsey Peavie plated two runs. Single markers were scored by Olivia Gross, Marissa Gross and Jasmine Jett, while Anna Grimes collected two hits.
Emma Gulley, Lily Vise and Ryan Reese all cracked home runs for the Screaming Eagles. Candice Wyatt and Hannah Apollos both had two hits, while Peyton Willoughby and Loren Mulholland both hit safely and scored.
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