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By David Sharp
Milan scored three times in their first and fourth innings, keeping the Ninth Annual Lady Cats Tournament championship at home for a 6-4 win over Brashear in the September 9, 2023 championship game.
The contest was shortened after four and a half innings by the time limit. Aubrey Borgmeyer led off the game with a hit. Lacey Fisher drilled a sacrifice fly for an apparent RBI. Aubrey Borgmeyer appeared to score on the play.
Milan appealed the runner left third base too soon successfully. The resulting double play ended the first inning with no scoring.
Amy Pickering walked and stole second in the Wildcat first inning. Emerson Pauley walked. Danika Shepherd doubled both runners home for a two run edge. Keagan Eddy singled Shepherd home for a three run lead.
Marian Dabney walked for Milan. Aubrey Borgmeyer threw Dabney out attempting to steal for the second out. Dabney had to leave the game after an apparent ankle injury.
Maddie Moots struck out a batter to end the inning. Mya Pauley tripled leading off the Wildcat second inning. Milan eventually loaded the bases. Maddie Moots struck out the side, allowing no second inning scoring.
Bailey Crandall walked with one out in the Tiger third inning. Paige Stutsman singled. Aubrey Borgmeyer and Lacey Fisher drove in Tiger runs with hits. Brashear tied the game with a three run third inning.
Two errors and a Keagan Eddy hit filled the bases with Wildcats. Two strikeouts and a pick off prevented Milan from scoring. Emerson Pauley pitched around a Tayla Garlock fourth inning hit.
Emerson Pauley struck out the side in the Tiger fourth, keeping the score at 3-3. Amy Pickering and Annamarie Smith singled leading off the Milan fourth. Tiger reliever Cassady Althide struck out Emerson Pauley for the first out.
Brashear made an error. Marissa McMann turned in a good defensive play for the second out of the fourth inning. Milan took advantage of their opportunity, scoring three fourth inning runs for the 6-3 lead after four full innings.
Paige Stutsman walked and scored a Brashear run in the top of the fifth inning. Mya Pauley walked starting off the Milan fifth inning. The game was called by the time limit for the 6-4 Milan win.
Aubrey Borgmeyer led Brashear with a 2-3 day with a run scored. Lacey Fisher drove in two Tiger runs. Maddie Moots struck out five batters with four walks on four hits in two innings pitched.
Cassidy Althide went two innings plus with three strikeouts, two walks on five hits. Tiger pitchers were charged with three runs each.
Milan scored six runs on nine hits. Annamarie Smith went two out of three for Milan with a run scored. Keagan Eddy was 3-3 with an RBI. Danika Shepherd drove in three Wildcat runs.
Emerson Pauley struck out seven batters with two walks on six hits. “We started our pitcher that had just pitched the game before,” Brashear coach Brad Althide said. “She labored through two innings.”
“We found ourselves down three. We battled back again. It’s great to see them compete,” Brad Althide said. “That is what you want at this level and this time of the year.”
“As long as we keep up battling and competing. We have that never give up mentality, we are going to be just fine,” Coach Althide said.