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 Youth Game of the Week: Orange Crush Cool Off Red Hots, 24-17

May 14, 2008 - Morgan Helderbrand had three hits, scored four time and batted in seven runners to lead a fierce offensive attack as the Van Hoy Oil Company Orange Crush defeated the Elite Heating Red Hots 24-17 in girls major league softball action Saturday.

Eight different players scored at least twice for the winners, who improved their record to 2-1 on the season. Helderbrand went 3-for-4, while teammate Hannah Morgan had a 4-for-4 day with four runs and three RBIs.

Several Orange Crush players crushed the ball as the team combined for 13 hits in the game. Shelby Patton had two hits, two runs and an RBI, while Macy Burton scored three times and drove home four runners. Sydney Grizzell drove home four players and scored twice, while Erika Messer had two RBIs and two runs scored.

McKenzie Peggs plated three runs and Emily Crain had two runs, a hit and an RBI. Tatyana Harsh and Lyndsie King with scored runs and had an RBI as the entire roster got into the offensive act for the Orange Crush.

The Red Hots didn’t go quietly in this game, however. Nine different players scored as the team slapped enough hits to account for 17 RBIs in the contest. Olivia Mattix did the most damage by scoring three runs and driving in three more.

Deena Miller also had three RBIs and scored one run, while Alyson Chapple crossed the plate three times and drove home two teammates. Brooke Vise and Patty Jones each had two runs and a pair of RBIs, while Brittany Dean and Ciara Kline both scored twice and drove home a runner.

Chelsea St. John went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Kylie Morris scored a run and drove home another.

The wild game saw the two teams combine for 41 runs and 41 RBIs. It was the second straight win for the Orange Crush.


The Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home Sluggers scored seven runs in each of the first two innings and then held on to defeat the Knightstown Fire Department FireHawks 15-11 in girls major league softball action Saturday.

The FireHawks opened up a 7-0 lead after one inning but saw the Sluggers come back with seven runs of their own in the second frame. The Sluggers then took control of the game with a seven-run second to lead 14-7.

The FireHawks came back with three runs in the third to pull to with three, but could not get any closer.

Casey Back scored three runs, had an RBI and picked up the save on the mound for the Sluggers. Two runs were plated by Madison Irwin, Erinn Stamm, Haley Fowler and Allie Underwood. Irwin was also the winning pitcher.

Also scoring for the Sluggers were Sidney Hastings, Brianna Phillips, Raleigh Stallsworth and Bethany Jackson.

For the FireHawks, Emily Sander and Cassandra Cox both went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Sander slapped a triple and Cox belted a double. Pam Williams scored two runs, while Tristen White had two hits and an RBI.

Larissa Shields, Madison Holder and Bonnie Huckeby all hit safely and scored runs for the FireHawks. Tori McDonald and Reegan Reece both scored runs, while Kori Blair had a base hit.

Both teams played solid defense over the final two innings, holding each other to one run during that stretch, a far cry from the 14 combined runs in the opening inning.


The Knightstown Meats & Catering Diamond Crushers used a seven-run third inning to pull away from the C&C Cleaning Service Pink Panthers in a 17-6 girls junior league softball game last week.

Georgeanna Lawhorne and Cody Miller both slammed home runs for the winners. They each had two hits and also drew two free passes to reach base four times in the game. Also getting hits for the Diamond Crushers were Robyn Clark, Mary Muncy, Dallen Miller, Baleigh Davis, Andi Skinner and Gwen Grider. Miller and Grider both had doubles in the game.

MacKinsey Fowler, Jessica Brown and Josie Riggs also reached base for the winners. On the mound, Miller walked two batters and struck out three consecutive hitters.


Erika Messer went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs to lead the Van Hoy Oil Company Orange Crush to a 14-12 thriller over the Everything Engraving Limenators.

Morgan Helderbrand also went 4-for-4 and scored twice as the Orange Crush pounded out 15 hits in the game. Emily Crain went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs and Sydney Grizzell was 2-for-4 with three runs. Macy Burton crossed the plate twice, while McKenzie Peggs had two RBIs and Shelby Patton plated the other run.

Kori Biehl went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBIs to lead the Limenators. Kiersten Hammer scored three runs, while Taylor Hardeman and Mackenzie Florea both scored twice.

Shyron Sturgill had three RBIs for the Limenators. Runs were scored by Kerry Mulholland, Ryan Johnson and Kinzi Badgley. Emily Lewis and Carmen Cleek both had a hit and an RBI.


The Erwin Excavating Bratz With Batz defeated the Elite Heating Red Hots 21-13 in girls major league play last week.

Patty Jones and Kylie Morris both went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Red Hots. Chelsea St. John had two hits and scored one run. Single runs were plated by Deena Miller, Brooklyn Parsons, Alyson Chapple, Libbie Mattix, Brittany Dean, Jordan Vantresco and Ciara Kline, and Brooke Vise had a base hit for the Red Hots.

Hayley Hardemann belted two grand slam home runs for the Bratz With Batz. There were no other individual results reported for the winners.


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