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Lightning Strikes for Winning Run in Last Inning in Girls' Minors Game
June 13, 2007 - MaKenna Leisure came up with a clutch hit in the bottom of the last inning, driving home Jasmine Olivo with the winning run for the Coor Consulting Lightning in a dramatic 15-14 over the Erwin Excavating Silver Diamondbacks.
The game was one of several girls junior and major league softball contests during Barry Elzey Days at the Optimist Club diamonds in Sunset Park Saturday.
The Silver Diamondbacks had exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth to erase a 14-7 deficit and tie the game. They had bolted out to an early lead when the Miller sisters, Codey and Deena, cracked back-to-back home runs. Codey’s shot was a three-run banger that staked the team to an early 3-0 lead. Then Deena connected on a shot that nearly went all the way to the left centerfield fence for another home run.
But the Lightning methodically chipped away at the lead, and then took what appeared to be control of the game. Jasmine Olivo came up with the bases loaded in the first inning and sent all three runners home with a sharp double. Olivo finished the game 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an eye-rubbing seven RBI.
Allicia Wilfong was the winning pitcher, striking out seven batters. She out-dueled Deena and Codey Miller, who combined to strike out seven hitters for the Diamondbacks as well.
The Lightning received great offensive output, with seven different players scoring. Besides Olivo’s great game, Wilfong also scored three times. Allie Underwood plaeted three more runs, while Erinn Stamm scored twice. Olivia Mattix had a double, two RBI and a run scored, while Jessie Spong also scored for the winners. MaKenna also came up with her crucial hit in the last inning to drive home the winning run.
The Diamondbacks also got great offensive output from several players. Codey Miller went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, while Deena Miller was 3-for-3 with a home run.
Morgan Erwin went 3-for4 with four RBI, Loren Mulholland had an RBI, Lauren Congdon scored two runs, Arieal Daniels slapped a double and drove in a run. Lily Vise and Isabella Trott each plated two runs for the Diamondbacks.
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