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 Orange Crush Knock Off Bratz, FireHawks to Advance in Tourney

June 25, 2008 - The Van Hoy Oil Company Orange Crush quickly developed a flair for winning close games last week in the Knightstown Home Optimist Club’s girls major league softball tournament.

After knocking off the Erwin Excavating Bratz With Batz on Monday, the Orange Crush came back and an exciting 17-16 win over the Knightstown Fire Department Firehawks on Wednesday evening.

The Orange Crush trailed early in the game at 6-2, pulled ahead 10-8, and then watched the FireHawks use a seven-run fourth inning to forge a 15-10 lead. The Orange Crush didn’t go away, getting five runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game.

The FireHawks scored a run in the top of the fifth to lead 16-15 before the Orange Crush rallied again. Shelby Patton drove in Tatyana Harsh with the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning to secure the second straight tournament win for the Orange Crush.

The winners, coached by Penny Patton and Scott Morgan, received huge offensive games from several players. Morgan Helderbrand had three hits and drove home four runners. None were bigger than her blast in the fourth inning after the Crush had fallen behind 15-10. Her two-run double scored MacKenzie Peggs and Patton to tie the game up.

Peggs scored four times in the game and had a single and an RBI. Patton plated three runs on one hit and also drove in a runner.

Emily Crain went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Also scoring twice for the Crush were Lyndsie King, Harsh and Erika Messer. Sydney Grizzell had a hit, scored a run and drove home one teammate. Hannah Morgan scored a run and had an RBI.

In putting up an extreme battle the FireHawks got outstanding performances from several players. Tristen White went 3-for-4 with two runs and Emily Sander had three hits, scored once and drove in a runner.

Madison Holder was 3-for-4 with three runs, while two hits and two runs were registered by Cassandra Cox, Reagan Reese and Kori Blair. Larissa Shields went 2-for-4, while Tori McDonald was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Kimmy Steinmetz and Bonnie Huckeby both plated a pair of runs and drove home another runner.

McDonald had five strikeouts on the mound, but walked 11 batters during her work.

The win enabled the Orange Crush to advance in the winner’s bracket of the tournament with a 2-0 record. The loss sent the FireHawks, coached by Jessica Vaughn and Rick Shields, to the loser’s bracket against the Sluggers.

 

The Knightstown Fire Department FireHawks rallied with five runs in the last inning to knock off the Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home Sluggers 15-14 Friday night in the girls major league softball tournament.

The FireHawks had taken an early 3-0 lead before the Sluggers rallied for seven runs and took a 7-3 advantage themselves. They held that margin until the FireHawks returned the favor and scored seven runs themselves, taking a 10-7.

In a see-saw game, the Sluggers came right back to take a 14-10 lead by scoring seven runs again in the final inning. In what was already a crazy game, the FireHawks again answered the challenge with a rally of their own in the bottom half of the fifth frame.

Tristen White drew a walk and Kimmy Steinmetz followed with a single. When Madison Holder drew another walk, the FireHawks had the bases loaded with no outs, but still trailed by four runs.

Reagan Reese drew a walk to force in White, and Cassandra Cox followed with a clutch base hit that scored Steinmetz and cut into the lead. Emily Sander then drew a walk to score Reese.

An alert Cox was able to score the winning run when she stole home plate after a passed ball. That gave the winning run to the FireHawks and kept their tournament hopes alive.

The play of the game occurred when the Sluggers’ Haley Fowler ripped a shot down the third base line that rolled all the way to the fence. Left fielder Madison Holder chased down the ball and fired a strike to Tori McDonald, who was the cut-off.

McDonald then fired a perfect ball to catcher Bonnie Huckeby, who tagged out Fowler trying to score on the inside-the-park home run.

McDonald picked up the win on the mound for the FireHawks, and Madison Irwin took the loss for the Sluggers.

Larissa Shields went 3-for-5 for the winners, and Sander and Cox both scored three times. Steinmetz, White Holder and Reese all plated two runs.

 

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