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Hiner Wins Pitchers' Duel Against Brown, Prima Donnas Emerge
August 6, 2008 - Megan Hiner out dueled Brittany Brown in a battle between two of the top pitchers in the girls senior softball league, and the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge #16 Prima Donnas edge the Boondock’s Farms Badonkadonks 7-4 in the first round of the softball tournament last week.
Hiner and Brown for the most part controlled the tempo of the game from the onset. Hiner struck out 12 batters in seven innings of work, allowing just three hits. Brown worked six innings, striking out eight and also allowing only three hits.
The Badonkadonks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Hayley Hardeman drew a walk off in Hiner, one of just five she allowed on the night. A sacrifice by Ashley Darling advanced Hardeman, and she scored on a wild pitch.
Brown shut down the Prima Donnas in the first frame one-two-three, and the Badonkadonks increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second inning. Taylor Hardeman drew a walk and Cassie Hammer ripped a single that scored her. Hammer later scored on a passed ball.
The Prima Donnas got to Brown for a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Natosha Hiner ripped a single, and Caitlin Marsischke reached base on a walk. The runners were advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice by Libbie Fender, and both Hiner and Marsischke would score on wild pitches, cutting the lead to 3-2.
Megan Hiner appeared in trouble in the third inning after Rachel True reached base, Ashley Darling was safe on an error and Morgan Helderbrand planted a sharp base hit. True scored on the play to make the score 4-2. But Hiner avoided a major bullet when Brown’s sharp liner was stabbed at first base, robbing her of a hit and the Badonkadonks of two runs.
The Prima Donnas took the lead in the bottom of the third when they got to Brown for two more runs, while managing just one hit. Katie Parrish led the inning off with a clean single, and Lauren Shields drew a walk. Haley Morgan’s hot shot to second base was misplayed, scoring Parrish. Shields also plated a run in the frame to give tie the game at 4-4.
The Prima Donnas then scored three runs in the fifth inning to give Megan Hiner all of the breathing room she would need. Shields led off with a single and Haley Morgan drew a walk. Megan Hiner then blasted a two-RBI double scoring Shields and Morgan. Natosha Hiner reached base on an error and later scored on a passed ball.
Brown allowed four runs on just three hits, but walked seven batters while striking out eight. Megan Hiner gave up three hits, four runs, walked five and fanned 12.
The Knightstown American Legion Purple Rain scored three runs in the last inning and knocked off the Knightstown First Christian Church Gators 14-13 in the first game of the double-elimination tournament last week.
Shelby Chapman hit a last inning two-out single that scored Abbi Haines with the game-winning run in the seesaw battle. Both teams scored eight runs in a wild second inning.
The Purple Rain led 3-1 after one inning, and then the fireworks started. Casey Back, Maribeth Wells, Shay Pope, Ashkia Howard, Hannah Doubman, Chapman, Courtney White and Abby Wilkerson all scored in the second frame for the Purple Rain.
The Gators countered with eight runs from Jessica Runyan, Cortney Hastings, Haley Cruse, Jocelyn Sturgill, Jacquelyn Hastings, Amber Rubio, Shawna Rigden and Tiffany Spence.
After just two innings, the Purple Rain held an incredible 11-9 lead. The Gators came up with two runs in the third when Runyan and Spence both scored again, and the game was tied 11-11 after three frames.
The Gators then got two runs in the fourth when Mahaley Hagy and Rubio both crossed the plate.
The damage was done in the Purple Rain’s half of the fourth inning. Wells, Howard, Doubman and Haines all drew walks, forcing in one run. After Pam Crawford reached base, Chapman came up with her big hit to drive in Haines with the winning run.
Pope had a tremendous day for the Purple Rain, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three more batted in. Wells scored three times and Howard had three runs, a hit and an RBI.
Wells and Doubman combined for the pitching duties for the winners, allowing just one hit, but walking 15 batters.
Rigdon had the lone hit in the game for the Gators. Her second inning double also drove home two runs. Runyan, Hastings, Rubio and Spence all scored twice. Mahaley Hagy gave up just five hits, but the Purple Rain managed to turn that into 14 runs by drawing 10 walks and three hit batsmen.
The win advanced the Purple Rain in the winners bracket and sent the Gators to the long road through the loser’s bracket.
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