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Brown Pitches No-Hitter in Win Over Purple Rain
July 16, 2008 - Brittany Brown had the Knightstown American Legion Purple Rain’s number last Wednesday, throwing a no-hitter and leading the Boondock’s Farms Badonkadonks to a 13-3 win. Brown also scored two runs and had two RBIs and a great all-around game.
The Badonkadonks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, and in the end, that ended up being all they would need. Although Brown set down the side in order just one time, she didn’t allow a hit, struck out six and walked five batters.
Hayley Hardeman and Ashley Darling both singled in the first inning. They, as well as Allison St. John and Brown all scored in the first frame to put the winners ahead early. The Purple Rain countered with one run when Mary Beth Wells drew a walk and scored on a grounder by Hannah Doubman.
The Badonkadonks struck again in the second inning when Hardeman and Darling again singled and St. John drew another walk. Brown laced a single and suddenly it was 7-1. Hardeman and Darling both scored for the third time in the game in the third inning, and Baylie Hochstedler plated a run in the fourth.
Brown, Morgan Helderbrand and Taylor Hardeman all hit singles in the fifth inning. Patti Jones had a two-RBI base hit that increased the lead to 13-2.
Doubman drew a walk and scored on a grounder by Ashkia Howard, and Casey Back walked and scored on Doubman’s grounder to account for the other Purple Rain runs.
Hayley Hardeman went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead a balanced attack for the winners. Darling was 2-for-4 and plated three runs. Brown scored two runs and Jones had two RBIs.
Wells, Back and Doubman scored for the Purple Rain. Chelsie White, Abby Wilkerson and Howard all reached base but were stranded.
Mahaley Hagy pitched a two-hitter and the First Christian Church Gators used a nine-run fourth inning to dispose of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge #16 Prima Donnas 15-2 last Wednesday.
The game started out looking as if it would be a good one when Jessica Runyan and Jocelyn Sturgill both hit safely and scored to put the Gators up 2-0. Lauren Shields then answered for the Prima Donnas with a base hit and later scored on a single by Natosha Hiner to make it 2-1.
But those were the only two hits the Prima Donnas would get off of Hagy. She worked five innings, facing only 18 hitters, striking out nine and walking just one. Mandy Marlowe drew a second-inning walk and scored after a ground out by Brittany Smith. Hagy then retired the next 10 consecutive hitters, including five by strike out.
Jackie Hastings and Hagy both scored in the second frame to make it 4-2, while Sturgill and Amber Rubio plated runs in the third.
Then the Gators exploded for a nine-run fourth inning off of clutch hits by Jessica Keck, Haley Cruse and Courtney Hastings. Kayla Truax, Runyan, Cruse, Courtney Hastings, Sturgill, Rubio, Jackie Hastings, Keck and Tiffany Spence all crossed the plate for the Gators in the fourth inning.
Shields and Hiner managed the lone hits for the Prima Donnas, while Marlowe and Shields scored their team’s runs.
Runyon had a great day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. She also drew two walks and reached base all four times she came to the plate. Sturgill scored three runs and Jackie Hastings crossed the plate twice.
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