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 Diamond Crushers Sweep Two from Little Sluggers to Win Girls Minor League Title

 

July 4, 2007 - Needing to steal two wins in one day from the Kozy Kabin Little Sluggers, the Knightstown Locker Diamond Crusher rose to the occasion and won the Optimist Club girls minor league championship Saturday.

The Diamond Crushers won the first game in a seesaw thriller, 15-14. They cruised in the final, 21-4, wrapping up the girls title with room to spare.

The big game was the first one, when the Little Sluggers needed just one victory to wrap up the championship. The game went back and forth the entire way, with momentum changing every inning.

The large and loud crowd could be heard from the Town Square as the two teams took turns rallying and exchanging the lead. The Diamond Crushers moved ahead by a 7-2 count at one point, only to see the Little Sluggers come back and take the lead.

The game wasn’t decided until the final inning, when a Tori McDonald double drove home the winning run and set up a second game to decided the champion.

To force that second game, the Diamond Crushers needed big games from several players and they got them. McDonald went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three batted in. Brooke Vise also went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving home two runners. Alisha Markley had two hits and one run scored, while Josie Riggs was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. McKinley Henderson crossed the plate twice, Allison Sanders was 2-for-3 with a run, while Sidney Vise and Megan Cupp also scored runs. Georgee Lawhorne also hit safely for the winners.

The Little Sluggers made the Diamond Crushers earn that first game victory by putting up a tremendous fight. Sidney Hastings had a 2-for-4 game with three runs scored and two more batted in. Jessica Brown, Gwyneth Grider, Jade Cooper and Mackinsy Fowler all hit safely and scored two runs apiece for the Little Sluggers. Madison Irwin had two hits and drove home two runs.

Haley Fowler singled, Ryan Johnson doubled, scored and drove home a run, and Mahala Knapp also scored in the contest.

Sidney Hastings, Ryan Johnson, Madison Erwin (double and triple), Brooke Vise and Tori McDonald (two doubles) recorded extra-base hits.

McDonald allowed seven runs and struck out eight batters on the mound for the winners. Madison Irwin recorded four strikeouts before being relieved by Ryan Johnson for the Little Sluggers.

The win forced a second game to decided the league champion, and the Diamond Crushers made sure this one wasn’t as close. The got off to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a 21-4 victory in the championship game.

Tori McDonald had another monster game, going 3-for-3 and driving home six runs. That brought her two-game championship total to 6-for-7 with three runs scored and nine RBIs.

Alisha Markley also had a huge game in the finale, driving home four runs and scoring four more on a grand slam home run. McDonald also pitched three good innings, recording nine strikeouts as the Diamond Crushers took control of the game from the onset.

Allison Sanders and Megan Cupp both had two hits, while Anna Grimes and Georgee Lawhorne scored three runs apiece. Sidney Vise and Allyson Hauk each plated two markers, while Mary Muncy, McKinley Henderson, Josie Riggs and Brooke Vise all hit safely, scored and drove home a run. Every player on the Diamond Crushers’ roster scored in the championship game.

It was a disappointing end to a great season by the Little Sluggers, who were within an out of wrapping up the championship earlier in the day. Mahala Knapp blasted a double, driving in a run, while Madison Erwin singled and had two RBIs. Marissa Newby hit safely and scored, while Gwyneth Grider also had a hit.

Sidney Hastings, Mackinsy Fowler and Haley Fowler also scored runs.

 

 

 

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