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 Orange Crush Ice Red Hots for Major League Title

July 2, 2008 - Trailing early 4-1, the Van Hoy Oil Company Orange Crush exploded for seven-run rallies in the second and fourth innings to cruise to an 18-10 victory over the Elite Heating Red Hots in the championship game of the Optimist Club’s girls major league softball tourney Monday night.

The Orange Crush, coached by Penny Patton and Scott Morgan, fell behind 4-1 when the Red Hots made an early run. The Orange Crush had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Shelby Patton scored off of a single by Morgan Helderbrand.

The Red Hots went on a run when five straight players drew a walk. Brittany Dean, Deena Miller, Kylie Morris and Chelsea St. John all scored in the first frame as the Red Hots bolted out to a 4-1 advantage. But the momentum took a major turn in the second frame.

Lyndsie King, Tatyana Harsh, Patton, Macy Burton, Helderbrand, Erika Messer and Emily Crain all plated runs in the second inning to put the Orange Crush up 8-4.

The Red Hots got two runs in the third when St. John’s grounder scored Miller and Patty Jones to trim the lead to 8-6. Patton singled in the third and scored on a base hit by Miller to make it 9-6.

The Orange Crush then did their major damage in the top of the fourth inning. Sydney Grizzell started things off with a single and that opened the flood gates as the winners collected six consecutive hits. Singles by Harsh, Patton, Burton, Helderbrand and Messer were followed by a walk to Crain. Another base hit by Grizzell – her second of the inning – and a single by King increased the Orange Crush lead to 16-6.

The Red Hots, coached by Kelly Jones and Kelly Dean, didn’t go away, striking for three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ciara Kline and Alyson Chapple both drew walks against Crain, who was pitching for the first time for the short-handed Orange Crush. A base hit by Miller sent Kline and Chapple home, and Miller scored on a ground-out by Jones to cut the lead to 16-9.

The Orange Crush then got a pair of insurance runs when Burton drew a walk and scored on a double by Helderbrand, who later scored on a wild pitch. St. John plated one run in the last inning, but the Red Hots left the bases loaded.

Helderbrand had a superior day at the plate for the Orange Crush, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Patton reached base four times, getting two singles, drawing two walks and scoring four times.

Grizzell went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Burton plated three runs, had a hit and drove in one teammate. Harsh had two RBIs and two runs scored, while Messer went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Crain scored twice and King had a hit, scored a run and drove in another.

The Red Hots’ hitting attack was led by Miller, who slapped a pair of singles, scored two runs and drove home two more. St. John plated two runs and Brooklyn Parsons had a single and two RBIs. Jones, Morris, Kline, Dean and Chapple all scored runs, while Libbie Mattix and Brooke Vise had hits.


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