National 9-10 girls claim district title, state berth with 17-6 win
The Morristown National 9-10 girls claimed the District Four tournament championship and a spot in the state tournament in Rutledge with a 17-6 win over Morristown American Monday night at King Park in Morristown.
Morristown National plated at least one run in every inning and relief pitcher Riley Hull allowed just two runs in 4.2 innings pitched in a 17-6 victory over Morristown American in the 9-10 girls District Four Tournament championship at King Park Monday night.
Kenzy Over, the starting pitcher for the National League, was pulled from the mound in the first inning after several walks, but she made up for it with her bat.
Over connected for four hits, including a pair of inside the park home runs, and she drove in four runs in the win. Tinley Wolfe added four hits for the champs.
“Kenzy didn’t have it on the mound tonight, but she really did a great job at the plate,” National coach Mike Harris said. “Both Kenzy and Tinley did what we needed them to do, and Riley came in on the mound and pitched a great game.”
American coach Keith Maness said his team finally ran out of steam after four tough games in the tournament.
“We were a little tired and ran into a pretty good team,” Maness said. “We just didn’t have enough left in the tank. We played hard, and I’m proud of the girls for battling the entire game.”
Morristown National put five runs on the board in the first inning thanks to a two-run homer from Jessica Harris, an RBI single from Wolfe and two runs scoring on errors.
Morristown American battled back to score four in the bottom of the inning, as Lexi Carter, Braelyn Treece and Alexis Brown all plated runs on bases loaded walks and Victoria Darnell singled in a run.
Over’s first homer extended the lead in the second before the Americans got another bases loaded walk.
Wolfe drove in a run and scored in the third, and Over, Maggie Seals, Wolfe and Hull added RBIs.
After Darnell drove in a run in the fourth to cut the deficit to 14-6, Over smacked her second homer of the game to put the game out of reach.
-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor