Lines baserunner Jane Willerton is held in place by Shadows second baseman Jenna Simonet. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster under-12 Liners fell just short of a City League Softball championship.
The Liners stranded two runners on base during the top of the fourth and final inning of their 10-8 loss to the Vermilion Shadows in the gold medal game at Legion Ball Park on Sunday afternoon. The Shadows controlled the play through the first two innings, but a strong pushback by the Liners in the top of the third made sure the final result would remain a mystery until the last out.
Kaydence Forbes, a pitcher and centre fielder for the Liners, said they strengthened their at-bats in that third inning to score some runs and get back into the contest. She said they fell to the Shadows earlier in the Friday to Sunday tournament, but the girls improved their play in the finals to make the score close.
“This game,” noted Forbes, “we were a lot more aggressive with the ball.”
Liners infielder Aubril Selte drove home Tayah Graham in the top of the first inning to give her team a 1-0 lead, but the Shadows batters battled back in the bottom of the frame.
Ava Cadrain scored the tying run by taking home plate off a pitch to the backstop by Liners starter Haillie Shatz.
Shadows base runners Riley Krips, Destinee McGrath, Payton Farkash and Rhyan Sate added to the score shortly after. Jane Willerton brought the Liners deficit to 5-2 in the top of the second inning on three straight steals after earning a pass from McGrath.
The Shadows first three batters of Jaden Nowosad, Laura James and Madison Myshak found their way back to home plate in the bottom of the second inning to make the score 8-2. Liners’ Mason Wood and Shatz tallied runs in the opening moments of the third inning before Selte blasted a double up the middle to score Jayla Anderson, Graham and Lauryn Miller.
The Liners defence held strong in the bottom of the inning, but quick work by Nowosad and James on the base paths continued leading to the Shadows holding a 10-7 advantage heading into the fourth.
Annabel Howe brought home Forbes in the top of the inning to finish the scoring.
Sate said they staying focused on what they had to do to win the game after the Liners push in the third. Farkash added most of them should be playing U10 ball, so to capture the city championship is pretty special.