Hollingsworth sparkles in battle for first place
With just one week remaining in the 12U softball season, H&H Communications and 3D Roofing took to the diamond at the Richard Cashion Sports Complex in Lewisburg Monday night tied for first place with one loss apiece before queen of the circle Leah Hollingsworth showed who was boss, hurling a complete game, 7-0 three-hit shutout that catapulted H&H (11-1) to sole possession of the top spot.
Hollingsworth struck out seven roofing girls and walked one, while allowing just one runner to reach third base in the contest.
On offense, the H&H girls took control early, scoring twice in the top of the first inning, beginning with a one-out single by Courtney Edde.
Edde stole second and went to third on a passed ball before Skylar Brandon walked and took second.
Autumn Kelley drove a hard grounder to first base, driving in Edde to make it 1-0 and Haley Hartley followed with a base on balls to put H&H runners at the corners.
Hartley took off for second and the throw from the 3D catcher sailed into center field, allowing Brandon to trot home with the game's second run.
Hollingsworth set down 3D Roofing 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and H&H failed to score in the visitor's portion of the second.
With one down in the home half of the frame, 3D's Brooke Paul laced a double to left, but Hollingsworth stood firm, whiffing the next two batters to snuff out the threat.
3D starter Jordan Yelensky escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the third when first baseman Natalie Lampley snagged a hard grounder at first to end the inning.
In the bottom of the stanza, 3D's Haley Hicks and Emma Stacey book-ended a pair of walks around a strikeout issued by Hollingsworth, but a double play on a pop-up to Edde at second base squelched the scoring opportunity for the roofers.
Hartley reached on a one-out error by 3D in the fourth, stole second and went to third on a balk before Hollingsworth drilled an RBI double to center, making it three-zip.
Yelensky and Paul hit back-to-back line drive singles to left with one down in the bottom of the fourth, but H&H backstop Brandon snagged a pop-up for the second out before Hollingsworth squeezed a lazy pop-up back to the circle for the third out.
There was no scoring in there fifth inning, but in the top of the sixth, H&H busted the game wide open, scoring four times to put 3D Roofing (7-2) on the short end of a 7-0 stick.
Edde, Brandon, and Kelley all had RBIs that scored Grace Smith, Zaderea Beard, Macy Smith and Hollingsworth in the pull-away inning.
Hollingsworth had no trouble closing out the contest, setting down 3D in order in the home half of the sixth, giving her squad the top spot of the Marshall County Youth Baseball & Softball League 12U standings.
The H&H offense was led by Edde (2-4), who scored twice, drove home one and stole a base, Kelley had two hits in three at bats, stole two bases, knock in two of her teammates and stole a sack, while Hollingsworth (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 steal), Brandon (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB), Macy Smith ((1-1, 1 run, 1 SB), while Hartley and Grace Smith had two bases on balls and scored a run apiece.
Paul had two hits for 3D and Yelensky had the other base knock off Hollingsworth.