Red Sox register first win; Twins top first-place team

By Marvin Birchfield

   It was one team capturing its first win of the season, and another club knocking off number one in the Boys & Girls Club girls softball pee-wee action on Monday.
   The Sport Zone Red Sox managed to grab their first victory on the year by defeating the Brumit's Sports Shop Diamondbacks by 17-9 score.
   "This was our first win this season and I'm really proud of these girls," said Red Sox coach Jim Byrd. "The girls are real excited in getting their first win and some of them their first hit. They played really well."
   The Red Sox jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first frame and held the advantage throughout the contest.
   A triple from Tiffany Shaw started the Red Sox scoring, as the hit drove home Katie Adams and Lindsey Cunningham.
   The one run crossing for the Diamondbacks came from Whitney Guinn when Diamond Myrick smacked a single to shortstop.
   The Diamondbacks trimmed the lead down to four after the third frame, when a base hit toward third from Sydney Elliot scored Paige Jones.
   "We're a real young team and we had a couple of people out which hurt us, but we'll be back strong come next year," said Brumit Sport Shop Diamondbacks coach Jeff Guinn.
   Five runs were added by the Red Sox in the top of the fourth to stretch out the advantage, as Whitney Carden drove in the first two runs. with Shaw and Emily White crossing the plate.
   Jasmine Townsend knocked in the last run of the frame, scoring Whitney Bradley.
   An infield home run from Jaycee Hopson in the bottom of the fourth produced two scores for the Diamondbacks, with Summer Reece crossing the plate.
   "Jaycee Hopson had a nice infield home run, and we had a lot of good hits from different girls and rallied back a couple of innings," said Guinn.
   The Red Sox responded with an infield homer coming from Shaw in the final frame.
   A great play from Danielle Loving on a fly ball resulted in a double play for the Diamondbacks, but the Red Sox held them scoreless in the bottom of the frame for a nice celebrating moment.
   "I'm just real happy with the way these girls played," said Byrd.
   After knocking off one of the top leaders in the league last week, the Carter County Farm Bureau Twins upset the top-ranked Raceway Easy Stop Cubs in a thriller.
   "Both teams hit the ball extremely well, and the Cubs played well enough to win the ballgame, but the ball just bounced our way more toward the end," said Carter County Farm Bereau coach Tom McNeil.
   The Cubs grabbed the early lead after an infield home run scored Chelsey Weddle and Erin Keiser.
   After bringing home eight runs in the top of the second, the Cubs had managed to stretch out to a five-run advantage, but the Twins starting making the comeback in the third.
   A slew of 11 runs came across for the Twins in the bottom of the third, with a hit to third-base from Megan Hutchins to score Kelsey McNeil for the first one.
   "It's real tough for a couple of innings -- we kind of dropped out on defense -- but the main thing is to pick it back up and come back the next game," Raceway Easy Stop Cubs coach Wes Frazier.
   An in-field homer from Bree Blevins drove home three runs, with Casey Jones and Jessica Brummitt crossing the plate.
   The last run score with a base hit from Emily Holtsclaw, which drove in Taylor Campbell.
   The Cubs took the lead in the last frame as Emily Harris knocked a line-drive to center field to bring home Kelsey Frazier, Erin Keiser and Weddle.
   "They scored a whole bunch in that one inning, and it's been that way all year long. We have one or two bad innings, then we pull together and play excellent ball," said Wes Frazier.
   Another run was added when a hit to shortstop from Katrina Wiggins brought home Axie McQueen.
   Trailing by three runs heading into the last frame, the Twins were able to make a comeback with Katlyn Potter producing the game-winning hit over second base to bring in Hutchins.
   "This is a very competitive league, and it has grown from four teams last year to eight teams this year," said McNeal. "Anybody can win on a given night, and I'd like to thank John Seehorn and Billy Etter of the Boys Club for the work they've put into it, and also the fans for the support of both teams."