Big John's Closeouts holds off Peebles for 22-18 win

By Wes Holtsclaw

   Despite having only eight players, the Big John's Closeouts Little League squad really made a mark Saturday afternoon.
   Although it didn't muster an enormous amount of hits, the squad held off a strong comeback from Peebles in a 22-18 victory at the National Little League Park.
   Big John's opened the outing with six runs on walks, hit batters and an RBI single from Madison McKinney, taking a 6-2 lead.
   Peebles followed with singles from Kayla Whaley and Brittney Eggers before Rikki Pritchard drove in two runs.
   With eight more runs in the second inning, Big John's was on fire. Walks to Chelsie Wagner, Tara Kaufeld, Ashlie Wagner, Stephanie Egeler, Kristen Powell, Brittany Jenkins and Kendra Good set up a home run from McKinney to put the lead at 14-2.
   Peebles rallied back with singles from Taylor Kyte and Brittney Crabtree. A triple from Chelsea Bowling and a double from McKenzie Eggers helped the team pull in six runs of their own.
   Both teams were defensive in the third inning, not allowing any more runs.
   Big John's Closeouts tried to put the dagger in Peebles' hopes with eight more runs off of walks and singles from Jenkins and McKinney to take a 22-8 lead.
   Peebles wouldn't lay down for the opposing squad, bouncing back with one final fight in the fourth inning. Eggers and Pritchard opened with singles before a Kyte double triggered a run.
   Crabtree, Lydia Carr and Mindy Montgomery all singled for Peebles before Whaley, Eggers and Pritchard added doubles to pull at 22-18, but three quick outs ended the game with a victory for Big John's.
   Madison McKinney took the victory on the mound for Closeouts.
   Blossman Gas def.
   Bluff City Patriots
   In the second outing of the day, Blossman Gas toppled the Bluff City Patriots with a forfeit regarding a limited amount of Patriot players.
   However, the two squads continued to play, and in the contest, Bluff City topped Blossman 16-7 despite the lesser number.
   Bluff City opened with a single from Brittany Smith, and walks brought four runs across during the first frame.
   Blossman followed with walks and hit batters, scoring five runs for a 5-4 edge.
   In the second inning, Bluff City scored two runs on a Stephanie Morien double to take a 6-5 lead, and held Blossman defensively.
   Bluff City battled back in the third with nine runs on walks, hit batters and singles from Chelsea Bowling and Smith.
   Blossman made an attempt at a comeback with runs from Kristen Honeycutt and Kadey Robinson, but it wouldn't be enough as Lindsey Loudermilk recorded two strikeouts to end the contest.