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 Prima Donnas Beat Purple Rain for Girls Senior Title

August 6, 2008 - Over a two-game stretch Friday and Saturday, Megan Hiner was a control freak.

The sophomore-to-be at Knightstown High School pitched two complete games, striking out 28 batters and walking just four, while offensively going for 4-for-5 with eight RBIs, to lead the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge #16 Prima Donnas to a sweep over the Knightstown American Legion Purple Rain in the championship of the girls softball senior league tournament.

In the two game finale of the Optimist Club’s senior girls circuit, Hiner was almost unhittable on the mound. In the first game, a 10-4 win for the Prima Donnas, Hiner recorded 15 strikeouts and walked just two batters. In the second game, an easier 14-5 romp, Hiner fanned 13 hitters and again allowed just two free passes on walks.

In the first game Friday, Hiner tripled, singled and walked, driving in four runners and scoring two runs herself. Then in game two Saturday, she was at it again at the plate, getting a double and a single and driving home four more teammates.

But Hiner wasn’t alone while turning in a dominating performance. Teammates Haley Morgan and Caitlyn Marsischke both had outstanding games at the plate for the Prima Donnas. In the two games, Morgan went 3-for-5 with five runs scored and two RBIs. Marsischke reached base five times and scored four runs from the leadoff spot for the Prima Donnas, who did not lose a tournament game in their run to the title.

In game one Friday night, the Purple Rain actually took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Casey Back got things started with a leadoff single. Back stole second base, and Hiner appeared to be in trouble when she walked Maribeth Wells and they both advanced on a passed ball.

Hiner recorded a big out when the struck out Shay Pope, but that would be the only time she would get the best of Pope in this game. Ashkia Howard then hit a hot shot to third base that was misplayed and Back was able to score, giving the Purple Rain a 1-0 lead.

Megan Hiner and Natosha Hiner both walked and stole bases in the second frame, but they were left stranded on base.

The Purple Rain were able to increase their lead to 2-0 in the second inning when opened the frame with a single, stole second, and eventually scored on a passed ball. Megan Hiner then slammed the door by striking out the next three batters. She would go on to have a stretch of recording nine consecutive outs by fanning hitters.

The Prima Donnas finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Katie Wilfong and Brittany Smith reached on an error. Hannah Morgan’s grounder scored Wilfong to make it 2-1.

Megan Hiner struck out the side again in the third inning, and that’s when the Purple Rain made their big move, plating three runs in the bottom of the inning. Marsischke walked, Haley Morgan singled and Megan Hiner sent both of them home with a base hit. She later scored on a passed ball to put the Prima Donnas up 4-2.

A big six-run fourth frame put the game out of reach.

Smith drew a walk and Hannah Morgan singled to start things off. Maddie Fender and Marsischke both reached base on walks to force in another run. With two outs and the bases loaded, Megan Hiner blasted a bases-clearing triple that made it 8-2. Natosha Hiner then laced a base hit, stole second, third and home plate to increase the lead to 10-2.

The Purple Rain mounted a mini rally in the sixth inning when Pope, who had also singled in the third inning, ripped her second hit of the game. She and Hannah Doubman both scored on a base hit by Pam Crawford.

Crawford and Pope both had Megan Hiner’s number, going 2-for-3 against the talented pitcher. But the only other hits the Purple Rain could muster came off of the bats of Back and Doubman.

Megan Hiner went 2-for-2 with two runs and four RBIs for the Prima Donnas. Natosha Hiner, Haley Morgan and Hannah Morgan all hit safely, while Marsischke plated two runs.

 

In the championship game Saturday, Megan Hiner was even better on the mound. Through the first five innings, she allowed just three hits, one walk, struck out 10, and one player reached base on an error.

Hiner finished the game allowing five runs on six hits, striking out 13 and walking just two.

The Prima Donnas scored in every inning, leading 1-0 after one frame, 3-0 after two, 4-0 after three, and 7-0 at the end of four. They got two more runs in the fifth and exploded for five in the last inning.

The top four hitters in the Prima Donnas’ lineup, including Marsischke, Haley Morgan, Megan Hiner and Natosha Hiner, combined to go 7-for-12 with eight runs scored and seven RBIs.

Haley Morgan walked and scored on a wild pitch in the Prima Donnas’ first frame, while the Purple Rain countered with a run from Pope, who had reached base on an error and scored on another miscue. It was an unearned run and the only marker Megan Hiner would allow through the first five innings.

Brittany Smith and Ruby Chew both plated runs in the second inning to make it a 3-1 game. The Prima Donnas then got a single and another run from Haley Morgan in the third inning.

Maddie Fender then heated things up in the fourth frame with a leadoff single. She scored on a base hit by Marsischke. Haley Morgan drew a walk, and they scored on another hit by Megan Hiner to make it 7-1.

Libby Fender and Smith both crossed the plate in the fifth inning as the lead grew to 9-1.

Katie Parrish started off a five-run explosion in the sixth inning that put the game well out of reach. Back-to-back singles from Marsischke and Haley Morgan loaded the bases, and that’s when Hiner blasted her bases-clearing triple. In both championship games, Megan Hiner hit triples when she came up to bat with the bases loaded.

Natosha Hiner then sent her younger sister home with an RBI-double, and Natosha later scored to increase the lead to an insurmountable 14-1.

Facing the end of their season due to the 10-run rule, the Purple Rain showed a lot of pride and battled back in the bottom of the sixth. Maribeth Wells singled, Pope reached on an error and Ashkia Howard drew a walk. Hannah Doubman’s two-RBI single plated the first runs for the Purple Rain since the first inning. Abby Wilkerson ripped a single and the Purple Rain had scored four runs to get the deficit down to nine, extending the game to the seventh frame.

But Megan Hiner yielded just one walk in the final inning and shut down the rally to secure the title for the Prima Donnas.

Doubman had a good offensive game for the Purple Rain, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Pope plated two runs, while Wells, Wilkerson, Kelsie Robinson and Courtney White all had hits off of Hiner.

Haley Morgan went 2-for-2 with four runs scored to lead the Prima Donnas’ attack. Megan Hiner was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, while Marsischke went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Natosha Hiner had a double, scored a run and drove in two more. Chew, Parrish and Maddie Fender also hit safely, while Libbie Fender scored a run and Hannah Morgan had an RBI.

 

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