Stanfield wins A-League tournament

Spectrum's Anni Borries drops down a bunt during the bottom of the fourth inning of Monday night's game against Pizza Hut in the Girls' A-League Softball Tournament at Evergreen Hollow Park, Effingham.

Six different players drove in runs for Stanfield Chiropractic Center in Monday’s championship game of the Girls A-League Softball Tournament against Spectrum, and those runs came every inning in Stanfield’s 10-0 win.

    Stanfield scored once in the first and once in the second before scoring eight runs during the final three innings. Shelby Koenig, the winning pitcher, held Spectrum hitless, while Stanfield went off for 10 hits.

    Heather Esker, Kourtney Utz, Naomi Gray, Anna Utz, Morgan McWhorter and Lauren Workman all drove in one run for Stanfield. Esker and Sara Deibel both had multi-hit games for Spectrum, and Esker had the team’s lone extra base hit with a double.

    In other tournament action, Spectrum beat Pizza Hut 9-6 to advance to Monday night’s championship game at Evergreen Hollow Park. Spectrum trailed Pizza Hut 5-1 through three-and-a-half innings, but Spectrum scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead it never relinquished in a 9-6 win.

    Kara Swingler was the winning pitcher and struck out 12 batters including striking out the side in the fourth inning.

    Emily Wheeler led Spectrum with two hits and also had an RBI. Morgan Wilson had a single and an RBI, and four other Spectrum players got a hit. Renae Leslie led Pizza Hut with two singles, and Karly Earlywine had a single and drove in two runs.

    Bahrns Kubota beat Martin’s IGA in Monday’s third game. Bahrns took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third inning and added to it with three more runs in the fifth en route to a 6-3 victory.

    Ann Bushur, Mary Jo Bushur and Kaitlyn Smith all had multi-hit games for Bahrns. Mary Jo Bushur had the team’s lone extra base hit with a triple, while four different players drove in runs in the win. Yibba Jansen got the win pitching the first three innings, and Smith picked up the save.

    Brittany Mersman had two singles for Martin’s IGA, and Taylor Morrow had the team’s other hit with a single.

    Bahrns and Martin’s IGA finished second and third, respectively, in the A League. The League MVP award went to Esker, Kroeger was named the league’s most valuable pitcher and the sportsmanship award went to Samantha Nieman.

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