Raceway bests Citizens Bank

By Rebecca Pierson
Assistant Sports Editor
rpierson@starhq.com

   Roger & Mary's Raceway Market Cubs came out victorious over the Citizens Bank Braves, 15-6, in girls Pee-Wee tournament action Tuesday night.
   With only nine on their lineup, the Cubs started off with a 3-0 lead going into the third inning, including an in-the-park home run for Erin Kiser.
   "Today they played nothing but defense," Cubs coach Wes Frazier said. "That is the best defense I have seen for 10 and 11-year old girls. We had a lot of hits deep into the outfield."
   Megan Bare started out the top of the third for the Braves with a fly ball out at third base. Molly Crabtree then knocked out a hit into center field that turned into a home run and the first run on the board for the Braves.
   The Cubs' Sarah Weddle opened up with a double into right field. Keyla Baker then hit a grounder to the short stop for a single before Kiser had a single that loaded up the bases. Katrina Wiggins followed with a hit to second for two RBIs. Chelsey Weddle then had a grounder turn into a homer for an 8-1score going into the fourth.
   The Braves opened up the fourth with two solid singles from Haley Lewis and Ashley Brickley. Amanda Shepherd then had a single to third but Lewis was tagged out at third. Amber Plummer then had a single for a RBI.
   From there Logan Campbell rolled a grounder between first and second that was lost in the grass, turning into an in-the-park homer with three RBIs.
   But the Cubs came out with six more runs in the bottom of the fourth, including another in-the-park homer, this time by Chelsey Weddle. They also had a double by Kiser that brought around three runners.
   "We have been working with them and they are ready to go now," Frazier said. "There is just a couple more games. We have to take them one game at a time. I am proud of them. They played some good ball.
   "All year long I have been telling them to make the play. I don't want them running. That is what it is all about. We are here to teach them and I think we are going a good job so far."
   The Braves will finish play in the losers' bracket, facing the Red Sox Friday at 5:30 p.m.
   The Cubs will now face the Angles on Friday at 8:30. The winner of that game will play the winner of the losers-bracket tournament for the championship on Saturday.