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10 & Under All-Stars Place Second in Union City Tourney
July 16, 2008 - Knightstown’s ages 10 and under girls all-star softball team played well in a five-team tournament at Union City over the weekend. The Knightstown girls played against teams from Indiana and Ohio and finished second in the tourney.
In the two-day tournament, the girls had to compete in two pool games on Saturday to determine the seeding for the single-elimination tourney on Sunday. Knightstown won both games, defeating Ansonia, Ohio, 4-3, and Enon, Ohio, 11-1. Pendleton also won both of its games Saturday, and defensively, allowed fewer runs than Knightstown. That gave Pendleton the number one seed, and Knightstown was seeded number two.
The local girls battled Ansonia once again and came out of top in an extra-inning thriller, 2-1. The Knightstown girls were then overwhelmed by a powerful Pendleton team in the tournament championship game, 13-1.
This marked the first year Knightstown has had an age 10-and-under team advance to the championship game of a tournament. The young ladies had difficult conditions in which to play thrown at them from the very beginning. In their first Saturday game they had to endure a rain delay of more than four hours. Then on Sunday, Knightstown had a five-hour break in between their game and the championship game.
Despite those odds and bad breaks the girls were able to advance to the tournament championship.
The game started at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and after 1 ½ innings, with the contest tied at 1-1, the rain began to fall and caused a four-hour delay.
Codey Miller was the winning pitcher for Knightstown, striking out seven batters and walking six. Deena Miller stole home plate for the first run and also had a single in the third frame.
Tori McDonald led off the second inning and would score on a two-out RBI single by Sidney Hastings. Hastings later stole home for the third Knightstown run of the game.
Knightstown got the eventual winning run across the plate in the third inning. Vivian Goodpaster reached base on a catcher’s interference.
Deena Miller and Georgee Lawhorne both followed with hits to load the bases. MacKenzie Peggs then sent Goodpaster home with the winning run. Deena Miller, Lawhorne and Peggs all went 1-for-2 with either a run or an RBI. Peggs drove home two runners in the game. McDonald and Hastings both went 1-for-1 with a run scored.
The Knightstown girls exploded out of the gates with a five-run first inning and never looked back in the second round win over Enon, Ohio, 11-1 Saturday.
Tori McDonald drilled a hit to deep right-centerfield that scored three teams to launch the offensive attack in the first inning. Georgee Lawhorne walked, stole second base and moved to third on a single by MacKenzie Peggs. Lawhorne then stole home for another run, and Codey Miller drew a walk. Peggs then scored on another hit by McDonald. Larissa Shields and Sidney Hastings also scored in the inning.
Knightstown came up with pair of huge defensive plays in the top of the third inning. An Enon runner was trying to steal home plate, but Lawhorne, playing the catcher position, hustled into position and stopped the runner, who tried to return to third base. The Enon player on second base had nearly advanced to third, and the two runners were caught off base at the same time.
Lawhorne fired the ball to shortstop Deena Miller, who tagged one player out. Then Miller returned a strike to Lawhorne, who tagged out the other runner for a double play.
Codey Miller was the winning pitcher, striking out six batters, walking four and allowing just one run.
Facing Ansonia again in the tournament round Sunday, Knightstown needed another great pitching outing from Deena Miller, and they got it. Miller picked up the win on the mound in the 2-1 victory, advancing Knightstown to the championship game.
The local all-stars got some offense going in the second inning. Haley Fowler singled, stole second, then stole third, and eventually swiped home for Knightstown.
Larissa Shields followed suit, drawing a walk and stealing her way around the bases for the second Knightstown run. That would be all the team would need as the girls played solid defense the rest of the way. Ansonia scored its lone run in the third inning, and threatened in sixth inning. But second baseman MacKenzie Peggs and Haley Fowler combined for all three outs to end the game.
In the championship game, the Knightstown all-stars were out of gas. After beating Ansonia, the girls had to wait five hours before playing in the finale and just ran out of steam against a very talented Pendleton team.
Sidney Hastings would get the lone run and base hit for Knightstown. Allison Sander had a hard hit, but it was right to a defensive player. Haley Fowler also connected on a solid shot, but it, too, was right at the shortstop.
Codey Miller was exhausted by the time the final game came around, and she ended up walking 13 batters, resulting of most of the Pendleton runs. Nonetheless, Miller was outstanding in pitching all four games in the tournament for Knightstown. She faced 80 batters, walking 27 and striking out 27.
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