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 10-Year Old Girls All-Stars Compete in New Castle Softball Tournament

August 6, 2008 - Knightstown’s age 10-and-under girls all-star softball team gained a great deal of experience while playing in the New Castle Invitational Softball Tournament over the weekend.

While the girls didn’t win the tourney, they competed well, learned a lot and had a lot of fun the process.

The tournament format included pool play on Friday and Saturday, and the single-elimination tournament Sunday.

In the first game Friday night, Knightstown played a talented group from Richmond and lost, 10-1. In all, 16 Knightstown girls struck out in the game due to great pitching on the part of Richmond. Mackenzie Peggs was the only Panther girl to get a bat on the ball, but her sharp grounder was fielded and she was thrown out at first base.

Vivian Goodpaster scored the lone run for Knightstown after she reached base on a walk. Tori McDonald was the losing pitcher.

Saturday, the girls battled New Castle in pool play and fare much better, losing a hard-fought 13-9 game. New Castle took an early 2-0 lead, but Knightstown responded in the bottom of the first when McDonald drew a two-out walk and scored on a double by Peggs.

New Castle exploded for seven runs in the second inning to lead 9-1 before Knightstown rallied. Allison Sander got things going with a single, while Robyn Clark, Larissa Shields and Bailey Coffman all drew walks. Georgee Lawhorne then ripped a shot through third base and suddenly Knightstown had cut the lead to 9-6. New Castle then held Knightstown scoreless three straight innings and added four runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.

Blackford knocked off the Knightstown girls in the second Saturday game, winning 19-5. The local all-stars jumped out of the gate early against the all-stars from Hartford City, scoring four runs in the first inning. Lawhorne walked and Deena Miller followed that with a base hit. McDonald also hit safely in the first frame.

Lawhorne, Miller and McDonald also had second hits in the contest, and Knightstown’s final run was scored on a sacrifice by Peggs.

During Sunday’s tournament action, last-seeded Knightstown was forced to play top-seed Connersville. Although on paper the game looked to be lopsided, the Knightstown girls played an outstanding game and lost by just a 7-5 margin.

Lawhorne, Peggs, Codey Miller and Sidney Hastings all scored as the Knightstown all-stars jumped on Connersville for four runs in the first inning. That gave the girls a 4-0 lead and they held that until the bottom of the third inning.

Connersville came up with five unearned runs in the third frame and went on to pull out the win.

The Knightstown all-stars are coached by Todd Lawhorne, Gina Miller and Jessica Vaughn. Dennis Miller and Dave Sander also help with the team.

 

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