Spookettes sweep senior league twin bill
The Babe Ruth Senior Girls League is ending this week, and on Monday night H&S Pharmacy, better known as the Marshall County Spookettes swept a doubleheader by identical 8-3 scores over Okay Tire and H&H Communications to solidify their stranglehold on first place.
In the afternoon contest, the Spookettes took an early 2-0 first inning lead on an error and an RBI single by Devan Hasty, but Okay came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, beginning with back-to-back walks to Ali Bennett and Sydney Strasser.
Bennett stole second and would score on an H&S error, before Strasser trotted home with the game tying run moments later on an RBI single by Liz Daughrity.
Okay hurler Baylee Dowers struck out the side in the second and Hasty had no trouble in the circle in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of third, the Spookettes took advantage of five Okay errors to push across three unearned runs on zero hits to take a 5-2 lead.
Okay got one back in the home half as Bennett scored again after reaching on a base on balls and advancing to second on a stolen before coming home on a Spookette fielding miscue.
The game went to the fifth where Ladacia Allen and Madison Hargrove led off with back-to-back singles off Dowers.
A 1-5 fielder's choice kept runners at first and second before H&S skipper 'Spook' Clark put on the double steal that was successful.
The move paid off for the longtime coach when Allison Hargrove sent both runners home on an RBI single to center to make it 7-3.
Hasty would not allow another Okay runner past second base the remainder of the contest and Allison Hargrove added another RBI hit in the seventh inning to seal the deal for the Spookettes.
The nightcap was a revenge game for the Spookettes versus an H&H squad that handed H&S their only loss of the season last week, coming in their only win of the year.
The game was a good one early as H&H scored a trio of runs in the top of the first on an RBI fielder's choice by Megan Polk that scored Allison Sheroski and a two-out, two-run single by Sam Dalton that scored Emily Martin and Sarah Tice.
Sheroski, Polk, and Martin are all 12-year old all-stars pulling double duty in the senior league.
After the first inning, Hasty and Tice became embroiled in a circle battle over the next four and half innings, tossing scoreless ball until the Spookettes pushed the game-tying run across in the bottom of the fifth, thanks two infield errors on H&H and an RBI fielder's choice by Noel Cashion.
Hasty stayed firm in the sixth and her teammates gave her the lead for good when they scored five times in the home half of the inning.
The big blows in the frame was a two-run, tomahawk triple by Allen to the fence in left and a three-bagger by Allison Hargrove that made the score 8-3.
Hasty escaped a two-on, two-out situation in the bottom of the seventh to claim her second win of the night in the circle.
Allen went 5-9 in the doubleheader with five runs scored, two RBIs and caught both games in the intense ninety-degree heat.