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 Girls All-Star Team 2nd at Union City Tourney


July 25, 2007 - Knightstown’s girls major league softball team finished second in a tournament last weekend at Union City, and also took home a couple more impressive trophies from the multi-team tourney.

Mahaley Hagy was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. In two pool games played Saturday, Hagy was brilliant on the mound. She faced 25 batters, striking out 11 and walking just six. In the second game, Hagy pitched a no-hitter.

Offensively, she was 2-for-4 with two inside-the-park home runs, two RBIs and three runs scored in the two Saturday games. In the four tourney games, Hagy finished 5-for-8 with five RBIs and three runs scored.

Lauren Shields also took home an individual first place trophy by winning the home run derby. She hit four mammoth shots in the competition.

Knightstown’s girls won both pool games on Saturday by the 10-run rule over Tri Village and Union City. They whipped Ansonia in the semifinals, before losing to Richmond in the championship 8-5.

Knightstown started slowly in the title game against Richmond and could never recover. They plated their first run in the second frame when Taylor Hardeman ripped a double and scored on a sacrifice by Mahaley Hagy. Kayli Apollos had an RBI-single in the fourth to score Kori Biehl.

The girls, coached by Rick Shields, Shannon Hagy and Jess Vaughn, rolled over the competition on their way to the finals.

In the first game they crushed Tri Village 17-2. Lauren Shields went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Mahaley Hagy faced 12 batters and struck out five. She benefited from a strong infield to pitch a one-hitter. Hayley Hardeman scored early on a double by Shields, and Shields came back later in the game to belt an inside-the-park grand slam homer. Kayli Apollos also had an RBI-single.

Knightstown rolled to a second game victory over host Union City. The team started slowly, getting a single run by Casey Back in the first inning. Mahaley Hagy blasted an inside-the-park home run in the second frame, and the Knightstown girls lit up the scoreboard in the third inning.

Katie Kortz singled and Allison St. John drew a walk. Hannah Morgan was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Morgan Helderbrand then ripped a hot shot past the third baseman to score Kortz. Hardeman and Back then drew walks, and that brought up Shields, who blasted a double to blow the game wide open. Knightstown struck for three more runs in the fourth inning. Taylor Hardeman and Kori Biehl reached base, and Hagy drilled another inside-the-park home run.

Hagy pitched a no-hitter against Union City, getting a lot of help from her defense. She faced 13 batters and struck out seven, walking four.

Taylor Hardeman had a great day behind the plate as well. The catcher threw out runners at home, second and third base in the game.

Mahaley Hagy and Katie Kortz both went 2-for-2 in the contest.

Knightstown struck early and often in picking up another win by the mercy rule and whipping Ansonia in the third game.

The local girls got off to another quick start when Lauren Shields singled and scored on a hit up the middle by Taylor Hardeman. Mahaley Hagy then ripped a double to score Hardeman and Kori Biehl.

Knightstown struck again in the second inning. Katie Kortz singled, Allison St. John and Hannah Morgan drew walks, and that set the stage for Libbie Fender’s double to right-centerfield, which scored both players. Later in the inning, Shields hit a shot up the middle to score Jacquelyn Hastings and Hardeman to cap a six run inning.

Libbie Fender struck again in the fourth inning when she ripped yet another double, sending Apollos, Back and Kortz across the plate.

Shields blasted a triple in the final inning to score Hastings and end the game.

In the four game tournament, Knightstown’s girls turned in some impressive statistics.

Hagy’s MVP performance included 5-for-8 hitting, five RBIs and three runs scored. She hit two home runs, two singles and a double.

Libbie Fender had five RBIs in the tournament, while Katie Kortz scored six runs and had three hits. Hannah Morgan crossed the plate five times, as did Hayley Hardeman and Kori Biehl. Casey Back, Taylor Hardeman, Jacquelyn Hastings and Allison St. John all scored four runs.

Lauren Shields went 8-for-11 in the tourney, an amazing .727 batting average. She scored three runs and drove home six more, and finished with two home runs, two triples, two doubles and two singles.

Morgan Helderbrand also scored three runs, while Kayli Apollos had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored.




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