Postseason play got off on a high note for some of the ladies of the diamond at the Carter County American Little League. Mills Greenhouse kicked off the double-header in a big way with an 11-1 victory over Tetrick’s Funeral in Coaches Pitch League softball, while Milligan Grocery won by the score of 19-9 in the softball nightcap of the festivities on Friday.
Mills Greenhouse got on the board after back-to-back base hits from Sophie Cable and Saira Orr when Angel Greene roped in a RBI shot to put the girls on top, 1-0.
Both teams were held at a standstill until the bottom of the third, when after Brandy Hill knotted up the game with a RBI hit for Tetrick’s.
Mills erupted with a big third inning, with Greene, Taylor McDowell, Destini Milhorn, Lilian Street each stringing in a run apiece during their at-bats Game one of the twinbill would end early in the bottom in the fourth with Mills bringing in deciding runs during the frame.
Orr would do the honors bringing Savannah Street home first to plate a run, while McDowell, Milhorn and Street would drive in RBIs apiece.
Bailey Andrews handled the duties by sending the game in favor of Mills by clearing the bases with a three-run home run to send her squad into round two of postseason play.
Elle Marvel, Alex Fortner and Chloe Gable each had hits for Tetricks.
Plumbers Hardware………………. 9
In a high scoring affair during Little League softball action, runs came at a premium early with Alexis Bier bringing in the first run of the evening on a walk for a Milligan Grocery 1-0 edge after an inning of play.
Milligan rallied in the bottom of the second with a six-run inning being led by Sydney Forney and Sarah Tipton, who each drove two runs at their at-bats.
Bier and Darryl Hitchew each popped in a run apiece late to send play into the third due to the six-run rule per inning.
Krisi Bare and Sydney Markland each drove in runs in the top of the third to cut the deficit to five going into the bottom of the inning.
Myra Vanbevern and Tipton each plated a run during the bottom of the frame until Milligan Grocery pitcher Jessica White unloaded a three-run home run to give Milligan a 12-2 lead.
Plumbers Hardware would take advantage of a couple of Milligan miscues, with two batters getting aboard on dropped third strikes.
Kenzie Birchfield would do the honors of driving in two runs with a double while Kaylen Fields accounted for the third run of the inning with a RBI base hit.
Bier would score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth for Milligan while Vanbevern hit a RBI to keep the girls on top.
Walks would go against White in the circle, with Plumbers Hardware getting all their runs unearned in the top of the fifth. With the bases juiced, Kelsey Winters drew an RBI walk before Kenzie Bitchfield got pegged to bring in another run. Bare would get the second RBI walk in the inning, and Winters scored on a wild pitch to give Plumbers Hardware its ninth run of the game.
After back-to-back walks from Markland, who replaced Plumbers Hardware starting pitcher Emma Roberts, Tipton would clear the bases for Milligan Grocery in the bottom of the fifth.
Bier would bring home Tipton on a single, while Hitchew wrapped up the game with a two-run double.