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 Tornadoes Claim Girls Major League Softball Title


July 4, 2007 - Mahaley Hagy pitched three innings of shutout ball to lead the Quality Hardwoods Tornadoes to a 12-2 victory over the Erwin Excavating Eliminators in the championship game of the Optimist Club girls major league softball tournament Saturday.

The Tornadoes jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, and increased that to 9-0 before the Eliminators could get their offense going in the game. After two runs were scored in the fourth, the Tornadoes erupted for three more and won the game by the 10-run rule.

The Tornadoes struck early when the first six hitters up in the bottom of the first inning reached base and scored. Those runs would prove to be all the team needed to wrap up the league title.

Madison Hembree led off the inning with a walk and stole second base. That was followed by another free pass to Jami LaFord, who then stole second. Lauren Shields reached on an error, and Mahaley Hagy then ripped a single to score two runs.

Jordyn Goodsene slapped another single, and Baylie Hochstedler reached on an error. Kaleigh Burkman drove in another run on a fielder’s choice, and the Tornadoes had spotted starting pitcher Hagy a 6-0 lead.

She made that hold up, throwing three innings and striking out six batters. Kimmy Steinmetz reached third base in the first inning after drawing a walk, while Haley Hardeman and Emily Sanders both drew free passes in the second frame. But all were stranded on base when Hagy fought for, and got, crucial strikeouts. Emily Crane reached base on a walk in the third inning, but was nailed at the plate when she tried to score on a passed ball.

In three innings of work, Hagy did not allow a hit. She walked four and struck out six hitters.

The Tornadoes increased the lead to 9-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Lauren Shields opened things up with a double. Hagy drew a walk and Baylie Hochstedler ripped a one-out single to start the scoring up again.

Lauren Shields finished up on the mound for the Tornadoes, pitching the final two innings and yielding two runs in the fourth. Kimmy Steinmetz drew a walk and scored on a base hit by Taylor Hardeman, who also scored in the frame.

But the Tornadoes brought the game to a close with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, increasing their lead to 10 runs. Reasha Steinmetz, Madison Hembree and Jami LaFord all scored in the inning.

Shields set down the side in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Hembree, LaFord, Shields, Hochstedler, Hagy and Jordyn Goodsene all plated two runs apiece for the Tornadoes. Shields and Hagy both had four stolen bases, while Hochstedler, LaFord and Hembree swiped two apiece, as the Tornadoes stole 16 bases in the game.

Shields drove in three runs, Hochstedler batted in two, and Hagy and Reasha Steinmetz both drove in one runner.

Kimmy Steinmetz and Taylor Hardeman scored the runs for the Eliminators. Taylor Hardeman recorded the only base hit in the game off of the pitching of Hagy and Shields.


The Erwin Excavating Eliminators advanced to the championship game by defeating the KUMC Challengers Purple Rain 12-2 in the championship game of the loser’s bracket.

Hayley Hardeman slammed a two-run homer and combined to pitch with Taylor Hardeman and shut down the Purple Rain. Eight different players scored in the contest for the Eliminators, who ended the Purple Rain tournament run.

Taylor Hardeman, Morgan Helderbrand, Hayley Hardeman and Emily Crain all plated two runs for the winners. Kimmy Steinmetz, Chelsae Erwin, Emily Sanders and Shawna Rigden also scored for the Eliminators, who struck for five runs in the first and added six more in the third frames.

Taylor Hardeman went two innings on the mound, striking out two and allowing two runs on three hits. Hayley Hardeman then closed out the game, fanning two batters and allowing just one base hit.

The Purple Rain closed the lead to 5-2 in the second inning by getting runs from Kori Biehl and Chelsea St. John. But they left the bases loaded in the inning, and stranded eight runners in the game.

In the second frame, Kinzi Badgley, Miriah Lewis and Susy Hatton were left on base, while in the third, Casey Back, Shyron Sturgill and Sarah Johnson were all stranded.




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