Bandits creep closer to top with win over Braves in Midget Girls

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2000

The Braves continued to lead the Girl's Midget League as they won two more games during the past week. The first of those was a 16-4 blowout of the Bombers who are still seeking their first win of the season.

The Bombers held an early lead as they scored four runs in top of the first inning. Constance Morrison led off the game with a walk and Jena Poff scored the first RBI with a double. With one out, Kathryn Scruggs came through with a two-run homerun to give the Bombers three runs. They scored one more run to take a 4-0 lead.

The Braves did not allow the Bombers to enjoy their lead, however. In the bottom of the inning, Katoria McDonald led off with a homerun for the Braves' first score. Danita Crenshaw followed with a walk and she was driven home on a double by Kendra Mitchell. With one out, Kristy Payne came through with the second home run of the inning, scoring two runs. Laken Hill followed with another homer. Sophia Mobley also scored in the inning as the Braves took a 6-4 advantage.

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After holding the Bombers scoreless in the top of the second, the Braves picked up where they left off.

With two outs, D. Crenshaw hit a homer to extend the lead to 7-4. Kendra Mitchell and Victoria Crenshaw both got on base before Payne had her second big hit of the game, this one a two-RBI double. A triple by Hill made the score 10-4. Mobley added one more run with a single that drove Hill in to score.

After the good first inning, the Bombers were unable to score through the rest of the game.

But, the Braves scored five more in the third. Erica Howard led off with a single and Kristie Johnson cleaned the bases with a homer. With one out, Amy Smith earned a walk and McDonal hit an RBI double. The game ended when D. Crenshaw hit her second homerun of the game to give the Braves a 16-4 victory.

Bandits 16, Rippers 8

The Rippers and Bandits began the past week tied for second place in the Midget League, but the Bandits took one step closer to the top of the list as they defeated the Rippers, 16-8.

The Bandits got off to a good start as Janie Mullins opened the game with a single. Laura Jones brought her home with a triple to right field. The third batter, Laura Skipper, nailed another pitch to rightfield for a double to score Jones. Skipper scored on a double by Hanna Tilley to give the Bandits a 3-0 lead.

After holding the Rippers in the bottom of the first, the Bandits took control of the game in the top of the second.

Jessica Hittell and Tabitha Mack led off the inning with consecutive singles and Ivorie Crenshaw brought both home with a double. With one out, Tiffany Beeson belted another RBI double. Three straight singles by Mullins, Jones and Skipper and another by Tilley later in the inning gave the Rippers a 10-0 lead.

The Rippers got on the board in the bottom of the second as Lacey Norrel hit a double and scored on a single by Kari Rogers. Rogers later scored on a double by Delshaun Williams to cut the lead to 10-2.

But, the Bandits continued their offensive dominance in the third as Lakeshia Fountain, Mack, I. Crenshaw walked to load the bases with two out. Tanesha Womack cleared the bases with a triple and later scored on an error to make the score 14-2.

The Rippers scored two more in the bottom of the third as Amy Skipper lined a single and Ladendra Perdue nailed a double. Perdue was driven in on consecutive singles by Mary Autrey and Francis Watts.

The Bandits added two insurance runs in the top of the fourth as Skipper nailed a two-run homer, bringing in Jones who had reached on a single.

The Rippers did not quit. They led off the bottom of the inning with consecutive base hits by Morgan Crenshaw and Norrel. Delshaun Williams hit another single after two outs were recorded and Mikki Harris cleared the basis with a homerun to cut the lead to 16-8.

Bandits 11, Braves 6

The Bandits continued their hot streak against the team at the top of the Midget Girls' standingsthe Braves. The Bandits continued their surge toward the top with an 11-6 win over the league leaders.

Both teams began the game with good defense as neither was able to score in the first inning.

The Braves got on track in the second inning as Kristy Payne hit a one-out double. Sophia Mobley followed with an RBI single and Daie Johnson nailed an RBI double. A single off the bat of Amy Smith brought Johnson home as the Braves took a 3-0 lead.

Jessica Giddens put the Bandits on the scoreboard as she scored on a basehit by Hanna Tilley to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Bandits turned the defense up in the third, holding the Braves scoreless.

In the bottom of the inning, they Bandits batted around as Tabitah Mock, Ivorie Crenshaw, Terra Whitttle, Janie Mullins, Laura Jones, Tiffany Beeson, Laura Skipper, Giddens, and Tilley scored, giving the Bandits a 10-3 lead.

But, the Braves cut the lead to 10-6 in the top of the fourth as Laken Hill and Sophia Mobley scored on a homerun by Daie Johnson.

The Bandits added one more run in the bottom of the inning as I. Crenshaw, who hit a triple, scored on a basehit by Whittle, making the final score 11-6.

Rippers 8, Bombers 2

The Rippers kept pace in the league standings with a win over the Bombers, 8-2.

Neither team scored in the first, but the Rippers came around with four in the top of the second. Delshaun Williams led off the inning with a single and one out later, Lacey Norrel did the same. A walk to Morgan Crenshaw loaded the bases. Another walk to Lashaw Durant scored one run and a double by Frances Watts brought in three more to make the score 4-0.

The Rippers added another in the top of the third as Lakendria Perdue lined a leadoff homer.

The Bombers stayed in the game with two runs in the bottom of the third. With two runners on, Constance Morrison nailed a triple to make the score 5-2.

The rest of the scoring came in the top of the fifth as the Rippers added three more runs. Four doubles off the bats of M. Crenshaw, Durant, Watts and Perdue accounted for the runs that gave the Rippers an 8-2 victory.