Don Randolph wins LL girls’ title
by Sparta Live | June 18, 2012 12:00 am
Sonic and Don Randolph finished the regular season in the top two spots of the Little League girls’ softball division.
Sonic finished atop the standings with an 11-2 mark and earned a spot in the finals with an 11-1 win over KFC. Don Randolph came in second in the regular season at 11-4 and edged Savage Builders 7-5 in the semifinals for a spot in the title game. The two had met three times in the regular season with Sonic holding the 2-1 edge, but runs aplenty had been scored in those games. The championship game would be no different.
In just the first inning alone, the two teams combined to send 19 batters to the plate. Sonic held a 6-3 lead after that first inning, but it would be Don Randolph who led late and held on for the 20-18 win.
Don Randolph got runs from Cassidy Jones, Krislyn Jenkins and Katie Ashburn in the first inning, but Sonic answered with six of their own. Dani Auberger, Emily Bevis, Mackenzie Sherrell, Megan Anderson, Sarah Sergio and Veronica Lumpkin all cross home plate while Jessie Green and Laura Robbins had RBI singles.
The second inning was more of the same with 18 batters stepping to the plate. This time, Don Randolph scored four run with Brianna Hall, Maggie Vickers, Jones and Angelle Howard all scoring.
Sonic ran their lead to 14-7 with eight runs in the bottom of the second. Scoring for Sonic were Dalayna Winnett, Auberger, Bevis, Allison Stoglin, Sherrell, Anderson, Sergio and Lumpkin.
Don Randolph began their comeback in the top of the third. They sent 10 batters to the plate scoring seven runs while holding Sonic to just one run in their half of the third.
Scoring for Randolph were Loren Vickers, Brianna Hall, Jones, Howard, Jenkins, Ashburn and Mallory Scott. Robbins scored Sonic’s lone run. Sonic held a 15-14 advantage going into the fourth inning.
A six–run fourth gave Randolph a 20-15 advantage with the time limit nearing its end. Randolph got runs from Kylie Evans, Hall, Maggie Vickers, Jones, Howard and Ashburn.
Auberger led the bottom of the inning off by taking a walk. She later scored on Mackenzie’s Sherrell’s single. Sergio also singled. Both of those runners came home on a double by Veronica Lumpkin making the score 20-18. After Jessi Green took a walk, Angelle Howard was able to retire the next batter ending the game and taking the 20-18 win for Don Randolph.
Howard started the game for Don Randolph pitching and got the victory. Howard struck out four.
Megan Anderson got the pitching start, but was replaced by Laura Robbins, who suffered the loss.