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 Hagy, Hiner Pitch Teams to Clutch Wins

 

July 18, 2007 - Mahaley Hagy pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 batters to lead the Punks to a 15-2 victory over the Pink Ladys in Optimist Club girls major league softball action last week.

Hagy was in control of the game from the onset, and her defensive teammates backed her up with several clutch plays in the field. Hagy went the distance in the game, facing just 25 batters in six innings. She struck out 10 and walked six.

After Jocelyn Sturgill opened the game with a base hit, Chelsea Howard drew a walk. Ashkia Howard then ripped an RBI-single to score Sturgill with what would prove to be the only run the Punks would need. Howard also scored in that opening frame, and the Punks added two more runs in the third inning. Sturgill added another hit in the third frame, and Chelsea Howard sent her home with a triple, later scoring herself. An inside-the-park home run by Jessica Keck increased the lead to 5-2 after four innings.

Then the Punks blew the game open in the fifth inning. Abby Wilkerson, Katie Buckley, Chelsea Howard and Ashkia Howard all scored in the inning to bump the lead to 9-2 and end any hopes of a win by the Pink Ladys. A six-run sixth added insult to injury, as Samantha Kuhn, Hagy, Sturgill, Buckley, Chelsea and Ashkia Howard all scored again in the frame.

Ashkia Howard had a dominating game, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple and four runs batted in.

The Pink Ladys were actually in the game after one inning, scoring twice in the first frame without the benefit of a hit. Caitlyn Marsiscke and Janice Ortman opened the game with walks, giving the initial impression that Hagy didn’t have her best stuff on this day. Hannah Doubman hit a sacrifice grounder to second base that scored Marsiscke, and Ortman later crossed the plate to tie the game up.

But Hagy settled down and struck out the next four batters before issuing her third walk of the game to Amber Reed. She then got another strike out to end the threat.

After setting down the side in order in the third frame, Hannah Doubman drew a walk against Hagy. But the slick pitcher retired the next three batters in order, and then four more over the next two innings.

Ortman reached base in the sixth on another walk, and Ruby Chew reached on an error to give the Pink Ladys runners at first and second. But Hagy, as she had done the entire game, slammed the door by striking out the next batter and preserving the no-hit masterpiece.

Chelsea Howard plated four runs in the game, as the Howards accounted for six runs, five hits and seven RBIs. Sturgill scored three times in the contest, while Buckley scored twice.

Ortman and Marsiscke had the only hits in the game for the Pink Ladys.

 

Megan Hiner pitched a one-hitter, striking out 14 batters in another superb pitching performance as the Ringers turned back the Wildcats 10-3 last week.

Hiner allowed just a first inning single to Hayley Hardeman, and pitched her way out of a first inning jam. The Ringers had taken a 1-0 lead in the first frame when Jessica Runyan and Hannah Smith singled, and Runyan scored on a passed ball. Cassie Hammer, who reached base four times and scored two runs in the game, drew a walk, but the Wildcats got out of trouble. Brittany Brown, who fanned nine hitters in the game, retired Hannah Jackson on a sharp grounder to shortstop to end the inning.

The Wildcats wouldn’t bet to Brown again until the fourth inning, when Hammer was hit by a pitch. She scored on a grounder by Hannah Morgan to break the tie and push the Ringers ahead 2-1. The Wildcats came right back and tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth when Brown helped her own cause by drawing a walk and later scoring.

With Hiner in control of the game, the Ringers erupted over the final three innings. They plated three markers in the fifth when Hiner, Runyan and Kelsie Robinson all scored. Runyan’s RBI-double scored Hiner to break the tie.

They added two insurance runs in the sixth when Hiner tripled home Morgan. Hiner scored in the frame as well, increasing the lead to 7-2. Hiner made that lead stand up by retiring seven of the next eight batters she faced. Rachel True broke the streak by hitting a sharp ground that was misplayed, reaching base on an error.

Three more runs by Hammer, Jackson and Morgan in the seventh inning supplied the cushion for a 10-2 lead.

Amanda Marlowe and Patty Jones both drew walks against Hiner in the seventh inning, and Marlowe scored to cut the lead to 10-3. Hiner then closed the door by striking out the final hitter and preserving her one-hitter.

 

Jocelyn Sturgill and Angie Smith both had three hits, while Jessica Keck and Chelsie Howard each drove home three runs as the Punks held on to defeat the Wildcats in a slugfest, 15-14.

Substitute Andrea Keck drove in her sister, Jessica, with the tying run, and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the last inning.

Sturgill finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored and another batted in. Chelsie Howard was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. Ashkia Howard scored three runs and drove home two more, while Katie Buckley had three RBIs and scored twice.

Mahaley Hagy and Michaela Colestock both hit safely, while Abby Wilkerson drove in a run for the Punks. Shay Pope went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Wildcats. Rachael True scored three runs, while Ashlee Wilkerson, Brittany Brown and Ashley Darling all had two hits. Haley Hardeman scored and drove in a runner, while Patti Jones, Samantha Maroska and Kayla Truax both plated runs for the Wildcats.

 

Jessica Keck drilled a triple, scoring two runners to tie the game in the sixth inning, and then her sister Andrea sent her home with a base hit to give the Punks an 8-7 victory Saturday.

Mahaley Hagy picked up the win on the mound, and Jocelyn Sturgill went 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored.

Jessica Keck finished with three RBIs, while Chelsie Howard, Ashkia Howard and Mahaley Hagy scored runs Samantha Kuhn and Katie Buckley also drove in runs for the winners.

Megan Hiner and Hannah Morgan both drove in two runs for the ringers. Hiner led her team with two hits, while Jessica Runyan and Katie Wilfong also hit safely. Haley Morgan scored twice, and Cassie Hammer and Kelsey Robinson also plated markers in the game.

 

 

 

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