Stars' bid for top seed put on hold

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Halle Chapman (7) turned in a stellar effort in the circle for the Marshall County all-stars, who lost their first game of the 12U Babe Ruth World Series Sunday morning, 4-2 to Mineral Area, MO. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County all-stars bid for the number one seed in the American Division I bracket of the 12U World Series in Alachua, FL was put on hold Sunday morning when Mineral Area, MO came from behind to defeat Danny Hollingsworth's squad 4-2.

"It doesn't put us out by no means, we are still probably in, but if we would have won that one we would have been the number one seed, regardless of what we would have done this afternoon," said Hollingsworth.

Marshall County put up one run in the second inning on a base on balls RBI by Jordan Yelensky and made it two-zip on an RBI base knock from Carson Warner in the fourth.

Carson Warner (14) slams an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving Marshall County a 2-0 lead.

Starting hurler Halle Chapman and the all-stars were cruising through the ballgame with Chapman tossing a no-hitter through five innings before Hollingsworth brought in Samantha King to start the sixth.

King got the first out on a ground ball before Missouri began their comeback, beginning with a walk to Rikki Lyn Wright.

Wright stole second base and came home on a base hit by pitcher Alyssa Sago, cutting the lead in half at 2-1.

Jordan Yelensky (24) fields a ground ball and guns down a Mineral Area, MO runner at first base. Yelensky would be voted the MVP for Marshall County.

King beaned Alexis Groom before Hollingsworth re-inserted Chapman back into the game to pitch.

Caitlyn Holmes reached on a bunt single and Groom scampered home with the tying run on a wild pitch.

Pinch hitter Lexi Adams legged out an infield hit to load the bases before Jordan Grimes walked to send Holmes across the plate with the go-ahead run.

Halee Shinabargar made it a 4-2 ballgame with a base hit before Marshall County turned a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

"You always second guess yourself when you lose, but when you win you don't," said Hollingsworth. "I thought Halle was getting tired there, they had hit a couple of balls hard the inning before and they were at the top of their lineup and that was the biggest reason I made the change. If they were not at 1-2-3 in the lineup, I would not have made the change."

Marshall County had come back to win twice before in the tournament and mounted another comeback when Aliyah Holder singled with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

Chapman followed with a walk and both runners moved up one base each on a passed ball.

Courtney Edde came on to run for Chapman, before Kianna Holder came up and knocked a ball to deep second that was fielded by Grimes, who threw home to nail Aliyah Holder at the plate for out number two.

Sago finished off her complete game win when she tagged out Warner on a ground ball on the first base line.

Marshall County will play Audubon at 2:00 p.m. Sunday with a win giving them the number one seed and a bye in the first round of championship bracket play that begins on Monday.

"We can still go in at two or three and if we win this afternoon, we can still go in as the number one seed," said Hollingsworth. "We just didn't get it done the way we wanted today, but that is the way this game goes sometimes. When you get to these type of games, you have to execute or you get beat."

Aliyah Holder, who was injured on the play at the plate in the sixth and is questionable for the game versus Audubon went 2-3 with a run scored, Blair Richards was also 2-3, while Warner, Yelensky and Hannah Singleton all hit one base hit apiece.