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Diamond Crushers Sweep Stars for Minor League Title
July 2, 2008 - The Knightstown Meats & Catering Diamond Crushers had an amazing run to the championship of the junior league softball tournament last week. First, the team had to overcome a 13-run deficit to defeat the Brooks Insurance Agency Screaming Eagles, 17-16.
Then, they had to win twice against the MT Media Stars in the championship.
The Diamond Crushers did just that, knocking off the Stars 13-5 in the finale, after winning the first game 17-9.
Coaches Todd Lawhorne and Gina Miller got tremendous efforts from several players on both offense and defense. But it was defensively that the team really separated itself from the pack throughout the tournament.
Codey Miller, playing shortstop, was the standout performer in the final game. She snagged a hard grounder and threw a runner out in the first inning. In second frame, Miller caught a pop-up for another out. Then, in the third inning, Miller recorded all three outs by scooping up three ground balls and throwing runners out to first baseman Georgee Lawhorne. She threw another runner out in the fifth inning.
McKinsey Fowler also turned to two outstanding defensive plays.
Miller completed a tremendous all-around game by going 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring three times and driving home two more runners. Miller had a double and two singles.
The Diamond Crushers started the game off by getting huge hits from several players. Muncy smacked a pair of doubles, and Fowler also went 3-for-3, scoring once and driving home two runners.
Jessica Brown had a 3-for-3 day with three RBIs. Getting two hits were Gwen Grider, Josie Riggs, Baleigh Davis, Lawhorne and Muncy. Lawhorne and Riggs also scored twice. The Diamond Crushers got additional offensive support from Dallen Miller, Libby Schmidtz and Andi Skinner, who all plated runs.
The Stars, coached by David Sander and Tracy Wilfong, battled gamely but couldn’t come up with the key hits when they needed them the most.
Alli Wilfong had a home run and went 3-for-3, scoring one time but being left stranded after her other two hits. Allison Sander belted a home run and went 2-for-3 with two runs. The Stars got two hits from Kiley Breece, Bailey Coffman, Lyndsie Peavie and Alli Phillips also hit safely.
The Diamond Crushers forced a second game for the girls junior league championship by pounding out 23 hits en route to a 17-9 win.
Codey Miller had another outstanding game, striking out six batters in two innings of work. Offensively, Miller went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs.
Gwen Grider had a 3-for-3 game, slamming doubles in both the second and third innings. Georgee Lawhorne was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The Stars battled back when Lindsey Peavie belted a first-inning home run. Allison Sander doubled in the second frame, while Alli Wilfong and Bailey Coffman both doubled in the third.
But the offensive attack by the Diamond Crushers was too much for the Stars. McKinsey Fowler also had three hits and turned in several defensive gems. Davis and Josie Riggs both had two hits and scored three runs apiece.
Jessica Brown and Andi Skinner had two hits apiece and scored runs. Libby Schmidtz plated two runs with a hit and an RBI. Dallen Miller and Mary Muncy also hit safely and drove in a teammate.
Seven different Stars had two hits in the game. Wilfong, Coffman, Peavie, Allison Sander, Kiley Breece, Anna Grimes and Alli Phillips all went 2-for-3. Zoie Prince also scored in the game.
The top six players in the C&C Cleaning Service Pink Panthers’ lineup combined for 15 runs and 10 hits to lead the team to an 18-17 win over the Kozy Kabin Day Spa & Salon Krush in the girls minor league tournament.
Every player on the Pink Panthers’ roster either had a hit or scored a run in the game. Emma Carmichael, Jessi Spong, Karlee Winkhart and Meghan Cupp all had three hits with three runs scored. Spong and Winkhart both had four RBIs.
Lead-off hitter Allison Hauk was 2-for-4 with two runs, and Addie Edwards went 2-for-3 with one run.
Madi Clarke, Makenna Leisure, Katherine Tielking and Kaitlynn Day all hit safely, while crucial runs were scored by Lindley Prescott and Rebecca Haney.
Bayley Prince led the offensive attack for the Krush by going 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Brittney Keck and Mahala Knapp both had three hits and scored three runs.
Olivia Knapp and Courtney Carlton each had two hits and two RBIs. Macy Roberts and Becky Muir scored two runs apiece, while runs or hits were also recorded by Paige Halcomb, Brooklyn Harding, Grace Hastings and Brooklyn Johnson, who also had two RBIs.
The Elite Heating Red Hots knocked off the Everything Engraving Limenators 15-9 to advance in the softball tournament on June 27.
Chelsea St. John singled, doubled and scored three times to pace the offensive attack. Alyson Chapple and Brooklyn Parsons both scored three runs, while Patty Jones tripled, singled and scored twice. Deena Miller had two hits and scored. Other runs were scored by Brittany Dean, Libbie Mattix and Ciara Kline. Brooke Vise reached base three times with a double, single and walk.
Taylor Halcomb had two hits and plated two runs for the Limenators. Ryan Johnson, Kori Biehl, Shyron Sturgill, Carmen Cleek, Jade Cooper and Emily Lewis also hit safely.
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