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 Hiner, Doubman Pitcher’s Duel Ends in Tie Game

July 16, 2008 - Neither team walked away from the well-played game a winner, but no one took the loss in a 3-3 tie between the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge #16 Prima Donnas and the Knightstown American Legion Purple Rain.

The game was dominated primarily by pitchers Megan Hiner and Hannah Doubman, and ended after seven innings due to the time limit.

Hiner went the full seven innings, allowing just four hits and striking out 13 batters. She was in control most of the way, walking just two hitters.

Doubman worked six innings, yielding three runs on six hits and striking out five. Mary Beth Wells pitched the seventh frame for the Purple Rain.

Doubman shut out the Prima Donnas through five innings, allowing a first inning double to Hiner. She set down the side in order in the second and third frames, before giving up hits in the fourth to Haley Morgan and Hiner.

Doubman got into a little trouble in the fifth inning when Libbie Fender and Amanda Marlowe both singled and Maddie Fender was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and the Purple Rain leading just 1-0, Doubman got Lauren Shields to ground out and end the threat.

The Purple Rain hadn’t fared much better against Hiner. Through three innings Hiner had allowed just one hit, a single by Mary Beth Wells. Abby Wilkerson and Ashkia Howard had both reached base on errors in the second inning, but Hiner struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.

The Purple Rain took a 1-0 lead in the fourth frame when Shay Pope launched a single and advanced on a sacrifice by Wilkerson. Howard then sent Pope home with a clutch single to end the scoring drought.

The Purple Rain increased the lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning when Casey Back ripped a one-out single. She scored when Pope’s grounder was misplayed. At that point Doubman had been in complete control of the game and was just six outs away from the unlikely shutout win. But the game turned in the bottom of the sixth when the Prima Donnas took advantage of the opportunities they were given.

They scored two runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hiner reached on an error and Ruby Chew drew a walk. Libbie Fender reached base on a two-out error and Hiner and Chew both scored to tie the game at 2-2.

The Purple rain regained the lead in the top of the seventh when Howard walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.

The Prima Donnas came right back in the bottom of the seventh with another rally. Katie Parish was hit by a pitch and then Brittany Smith drew a walk. Another walk issued to Shields loaded the bases, but Wells got Haley Morgan to line out.

With two outs, Hiner came up in the clutch again, ripping a single to score Katie Parish with the tying run.

Wells got out of trouble by striking out the next hitter and forcing extra innings. The game was then called due to the time limit.

Hiner went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Haley Morgan, Libbie Fender and Marlowe had the other hits for the Prima Donnas, while Parish, Chew and Hiner plated the runs.

Wells, Back, Pope and Howard had the only hits surrendered by Hiner. Back, Pope and Howard also scored their team’s only runs.


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