Scotiabank 8, Kirk Freeport 5
Scotiabank had an amazing seven run rally in the fourth inning for a dramatic comeback victory over Kirk Freeport in the championship game of the Girls Softball tournament on Saturday afternoon.
After Scotiabank failed to score in the top of the first, Kirk Freeport got off to their usual fast start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning. Sofia Watler reached on a fielder’s choice, and Keirsten McLaughlin and Deandra Whiteman hit singles. Raina Myles followed with a 2 RBI double deep to the left field corner.
Neither team scored in the second inning as pitchers Carmella Ylagan (Scotibank) and Deandra (Kirk Freeport) were in full command and supported by solid defense.
Scotiabank scored their first run in the top of the third as Clara Ramos reached on an error and later scored on a bases-loaded walk by Calissa Ylagan.
Kirk Freeport got the run right back in the bottom of the third as Raina singled, advanced on an error, and scored on a hit by Akeyla Ebanks.
As the afternoon temperatures heated up, so did the Scotiabank bats. Trailing 4-1 going into the final inning, Scotiabank scored an incredible seven runs in the inning. Kris-Maxine Aleria scored the first run after reaching on a throwing error and making it all the way to third base on the play. Withney Jackson and Shayna Pitta drew key walks and both scored on a line drive to the fence by Clara, which cleared the bases. Carmella reached on an error, with Clara scoring on the play. Stephanie Menko then blasted a two-run homer to the right field corner. Shay Windsor stretched out a double and she scored the final run of the inning on an RBI single by Calissa.
Kirk Freeport looked to mount a rally in the bottom of the fourth as Hanna Jackson walked and came around to score after a single by Aleigha General and an error by Scotiabank. With runners on first and third, Carmella made the defensive play of the day, catching a line drive on the pitcher’s mound and throwing to third base for a double play. Carmella ended the game by striking out the final Kirk Freeport batter, sending the Scotiabank players and fans into celebration mode.
The Kirk Freeport players all received trophies for being the regular season champions, while the Scotiabank girls took home the tournament trophies. It was fitting that both teams received trophies!
Sportsmanship awards were presented to Annie Hawkins (Coldwell Banker), Aleigha General (Kirk Freeport), and Carmella Ylagan (Scotiabank). Most improved awards were presented to Zhanna McDonald (Coldwell Banker), Keirsten McLaughlin (Kirk Freeport), and Martina Watler (Scotiabank).
The girls have their All-Star game this Wednesday, June 5th, 6:30 pm, at the Field of Dreams. All are welcome!
This Friday, June 7th, Little League invites all former players (men or women) from the past 30 years to come out to the fields for a fun night of baseball and softball alumni games from 6:30-9:00 pm.
Scoring by inning: