Wakefield girls grab second in tourney play



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THE WAKEFIELD 1OU softball girls and coaches pose with their trophies following the league championship game in Rochester June 8. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 18, 2009
ROCHESTER — The season didn't end with a win, but it still ended in fine fashion for the Wakefield 10U softball squad.

The Wakefield girls, sponsored by Lilac City Pediatrics, played in the Rochester league and put together a great season. They finished at 8-1-1 in regular season action and began the double elimination playoffs on Monday, June 1.

The girls won their first game, but lost the second night of the tournament, putting them in the loser's bracket.

They then won three in a row to advance to the title game, which took place on Monday, June 8, at Roger Allen Park in Rochester against a squad of Rochester girls sponsored by Hamilton Live Poultry.

This marked quite an accomplishment for the Wakefield girls, as last year the team didn't win a game all season long, so win or lose in Monday's game, they were sure to come out of things with a lot of positive things to take from the season.

In this league, to put an emphasis on hitting, there are no walks. However, once a pitcher reaches four balls, the hitter's coach comes out and pitches until she either hits the ball or strikes out.

Additionally, the games stop after an hour and 45 minutes or six innings, whichever comes first.

Playing under the lights at Roger Allen Park, the Wakefield girls jumped out to a quick lead, plating two runs in the top of the first inning.

The Rochester girls rallied back in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs on six infield hits. Wakefield pitcher Taylor Short struck out the side, working around those hits.

Rochester came up in the second inning and plated three more runs, again taking advantage of five infield hits and one hit to the outfield. Again, Short struck out three in the inning, but Rochester had a 6-2 lead.

Wakefield got a base hit from Megan Moore in the third inning, but couldn't take advantage of the scoring chance and Rochester came up with another run in the bottom of the third to take a 7-2 lead.

However, pitcher Molly Smith made a nice play on a grounder back to the rubber, throwing to catcher Ashley Nichols for a force at the plate. Shortstop Alexa Gullison finished off the inning with a nice play on a grounder, beating the Rochester runner to the third base bag for the force play.

Wakefield got the bats going in the top of the fourth inning.

Nichols started things with a base hit and Short beat out an infield hit to put two runners on. After a grounder to third forced Nichols, Cali Newton delivered a base hit to plate one run and an RBI groundout to shortstop by Hannah Grenier produced another run for the Wakefield girls, making it 7-4.

Tanner Lang took over the pitching duties in the fourth and struck out two and got a solid defensive play from Gullison at short to keep Rochester off the board.

Wakefield strung together three hits in a row to plate another run in the fifth. Molly Smith started the inning with a two-out hit and Rahnya Folkerson followed with a base hit. Kaitlyn Nichols followed by driving in Smith with the fifth run of the game.

Rochester added one in the top of the fifth inning to make it 8-5 and the game was called after passing the 1:45 mark.

The Wakefield squad consisted of Tanner Lang, Cali Newton, Emery Newton, Alexa Gullison, Savanna O'Keefe, Alexis Pomeroy, Taylor Short, Hannah Grenier, Ashley Nichols, Kaitlyn Nichols, Rahnya Folkerson, Megan Moore and Molly Smith.

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