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Twin County Softball League
Midget, Pony squads battle for title
By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


In the Midget level championship game, Elizabethville's Jenny Watts makes second base just before Millersburg's Hannah Dyer receives the throw at the bag. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

Millersburg and Elizabethville battled in championship style June 18 for the rights to the Twin County Girls’ Softball Midget Division Championship.

At first glance – with Elizabethville taking a solid 9-1 lead after only three innings – it looked like things would end quickly but Millersburg never threw in the towel. Chipping away at that lead, Millersburg proved that nothing should be taken for granted.

In the end though, E-ville hung on to win the championship, 10-8.

“We were 14-0 this season,” E-ville Head Coach Brian Fox said. “Every girl contributed to a win somewhere along the line. They are a great bunch of girls.

“I have to give Millersburg credit. When we were up 9-1 a lot of teams would have folded. They kept fighting. They didn’t hang their heads.”

In the top of the first inning, the Millersburg batters were retired in straight fashion. E-ville then scored three runs off a Brittney Hubler triple, an Emily Fox double and a Cheyenne Smith single. With one out and Smith on third base, Lacy Strait pitched two strike outs to end the threat.

Millersburg managed to score a run off an error in the top of the second, but E-ville scored five more times in the bottom of the inning. Another run in the bottom of the third gave E-ville a commanding 9-1 lead.

“We gave them too many runs in the beginning of the game,” Millersburg Head Coach Lamar Smith said.

Millersburg came back to score three runs off Kierstyn Smith, Strait and Hannah Carns in the top of the fourth, holding E-ville scoreless that inning.

Both teams added a run in the fifth. E-ville led 10-5. Millersburg came storming back in the sixth with singles from Lexi Lebo and Maddison Etzweiler, but fielder’s choice plays to the pitcher from Christina Myers and Jordyn Green gave Millersburg two outs with only three runs scored. A pop fly dashed any hopes of a comeback.

Fox was the winning pitcher. She went all six innings and earned six strike outs while allowing only two walks and eight runs on nine hits. She allowed a base on a hit player.

Coach Fox said, “For two of my players – Jenna Stoneroad and Macenzie Hepler – the six years they played they were on five undefeated teams, with the only loss being in 2012 in the Midget Division Championship. They earned three (championships) at the pony level and two at the midget level. For Emily Fox, this is her third championship in four years.”

Millersburg’s Carns got on base all three times and scored twice on a double, a single and hit batter. Strait scored two runs and had two singles. Maddison Etzweiler got on base all three times.

Smith earned three strike outs in three innings of pitching.

“Our team is young,” Coach Smith said. “We have a lot of 10-year-olds and I was very pleased with how they played. The girls fought hard and it was definitely a great game. We ended our regular season at 10-2 and won three games to get to the championship game, so I am just really proud of these girls.”

Coach Fox agreed that it was a crowd pleasing game. 

“It definitely was an exciting game.”

For Elizabethville, Mikah Masser, Hubler and Fox each scored two runs. 

“I have to give a shout out to my coaching staff and Chris Smith, my co-coach, for a job well done,” Coach Fox said.

“I’d also like to thank our sponsor – Koppy’s on the Square – for contributing ice cream to the girls this year.”




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