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Advancing on passed balls played a major role in the St. Marys Little League Softball Minor League All-Stars' 8-4 victory over Brookville on Friday evening. Six of St. Marys' eight runs were the result of passed balls.
Rebekka Bauer worked all six innings for St. Marys, giving up one hit, walking nine and striking out 11. Brookville's Carlie McManigle also went the distance, giving up two hits, walking six and striking out nine.
St. Marys' two hits came on a triple by Josie Smith and a double by Bauer. Brookville's lone hit was a single by Bailey Ganoe in the second inning.
After sending Brookville's batters down in order to start the game, St. Marys immediately went to work racking up some runs. St. Marys' leadoff batter, Sydney Eckert, grounded to second base and was unable to beat the throw to first. Madison Legrys walked, stole second and third, and then scored on a passed ball to put St. Marys on the board. With two outs Leah Gabler walked and later stole second. A double by Rebekka Bauer scored Gabler and then Bauer herself later scored on a passed ball. Michelle Gerber grounded to the pitcher and was thrown out at first to end the inning with St. Marys up 3-0.
Brookille tried to fight back in the second. Danielle MacBeth walked and later scored on a passed ball to put the visitors on the board. Dalynn Park also walked and advanced on a passed ball. Tessa Shaffer and Abby Sunealitis both struck out and Ainsley Wolfe reached base after being hit by a pitch. A single by Ganoe scored Park to cut St. Marys' lead 3-2. Miller walked to load the bases, but Brookville was unable to capitalize as McManigle struck out to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, St. Marys saw its first two batters strike out. Lexie Cunningham walked and special pinch runner Jenna Weisner stole second, but was left stranded when Eckert struck out to end the inning.
Brookville went down in order in the top of the third. St. Marys started their half of the inning with an out; however, Smith hit a triple and was able to score on an error, increasing St. Marys' lead to 4-2. The next two batters went down in order to end the inning.
Brookville's batters again went down in order in the top of the fourth. In the bottom half of the inning, With one out, Gina Schlimm and Sady VanAlstine both walked and scored on passed balls to increase St. Marys' lead to 6-2. The next two batters went down in order to end the inning.
With one out in the top of the fifth, Miller walked and eventually scored on a passed ball to cut St. Marys' lead to 6-3. McManigle also walked and was left stranded as the next two batters went down in order. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Gabler and Rebekka Bauer each reached base on errors, and both ultimately scored on passed balls to increase St. Marys' lead to 8-3. Gerber also walked, but was left stranded when Schlimm struck out.
Brookville's first two batters struck out to start the top of the sixth; however, Sunealitis walked and scored on a passed ball to make the score 8-4. Wolfe, Ganoe and Miller all walked to load the bases; however, McManigle struck out to end the game and give St. Marys the victory.
St. Marys is now 1-1 and will play Punxsutawney on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. at a site to be determined.
St. Marys 8
Sydney Eckert 3-0-0, Madison Legrys 1-1-0, Josie Smith 3-1-1, Leah Gabler 2-2-0, Rebekka Bauer 3-2-1, Michelle Gerber 2-0-0, Jennifer Bauer 1-0-0, Brandi Clyde 1-0-0, Lexie Cunningham 1-0-0, Jenna Weisner 1-0-0, Gina Schlimm 1-1-0, Sady VanAlstine 0-1-0. Totals 19-8-2.
Sydney Miler 1-1-0, Carlie McManigle 3-0-0, Sarah Lauterer 3-0-0, Danielle MacBeth 2-1-0, Dalynn Park 2-1-0, Tessa Shaffer 3-0-0, Abby Sunealitis 2-1-0, Ainsley Wolfe 0-0-0, Bailey Ganoe 2-0-1, Kira Powell 1-0-0. Totals 19-4-1.
Score by innings R
Brookville 020 011 4
St. Marys 301 22x 8