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Sturgill's Grand Slam Propels Punks to Win
July 25, 2007 - Jocelyn Sturgill belted a grand slam home run to propel the JP4 Xpress Punks over the Knightstown CTA Pink Ladies 10-4 in girls senior league softball action last week.
Sturgill, who had a dominating offensive game going 2-for-4 with five RBIs, drilled her grand slam in the fourth inning. Four of the nine hits registered by the Punks went for extra bases, as Chelsea Howard also hit a home run. Ashkia Howard and Mahaley Hagy ripped doubles in the contest.
Hagy went the distance on the mound for the winners, striking out 15 batters in a masterful performance. Catcher Chelsea Howard threw out two players in the sixth inning, and second baseman Katie Buckley turned a double play in the seventh frame that ended the game.
Chelsea Howard and Hagy both went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Ashkia Howard had a double, an RBI and scored a run for the Punks. Abby Wilkerson also singled, scored and drove home a teammate. Jessica Keck singled and scored, while Samantha Kuhn and Katie Buckley both plated runs for the winners.
Shelby Chapman led the Pink Ladies with two hits, driving in one runner. Ruby Chew, Maribeth Wells and Pam Crawford all hit safely and scored. Caitlan Marsiscke scored the other run and Hannah Doubman had an RBI for the Pink Ladies.
In a wild contest that went into extra innings, Ashkia Howard scored the winning run in the eighth inning to give the JP4 Xpress Punks a 7-6 victory over the Hancock Telecom Wildcats last Thursday. The game featured a terrific pitching duel between the Punks’ Mahaley Hagy and the Wildcats’ Brittany Brown. Both hurlers went the full eight innings and got great defensive support from their teammates.
Angie Smith had the big bat for the Punks, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Ashkia Howard had a double and scored twice, while Chelsea Howard also doubled and plated two runs. Jessica Keck singled twice and drove home two runners, while Hagy had two singles and a run scored. Jocelyn Sturgill had a double and Katie Buckley scored a run for the winners.
Shay Pope had the big bat for the Wildcats, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and another batted in. Brittany Brown had two hits and a run, while Rachel True knocked in two runs with a single and a run scored.
Samantha Maroska hit safely and drove in one run. Ashlee Wilkerson and Ashley Darling each scored one run, while Kayla Truax had a hit and Taylor Hardeman drove in a runner.
The Smith’s Tack Shack Ringers handed the JP4 Xpress Punks just their second loss of the season Saturday, winning 10-4.
Hannah Jackson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two more batted in to pace a balanced attack by the Ringers. Kaelee Kuhn plated three runs, while Katie Wilfong had two hits. Hannah Smith had an RBI-double in the second frame.
Megan Hiner and Haley Morgan both plated two runs and had a hit for the Ringers. Cassie Hammer also scored, while Kelsie Robinson ripped a single.
Angie Smith led the Punks by going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Her double in the sixth inning drove home two runners. Jocelyn Sturgill hit safely and scored, while Chelsea Howard and Ashkia Howard both plated runs for the Punks, who had just four hits in the game and three were by Smith. Abby Wilkerson drove in a runner with a sacrifice.
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