NYO Fire 10U fastpitch competed in the Sandy Plains Summer Slam June 13-15. Our Friday night game against the West Cobb Legends started out on a good note with Pitcher Adelaide Banksrecorded 2 strikeouts from the circle in the bottom of the first inning. Then in the top of the second, Gabbie Cropperand Addie Langstondrew walks, and Emma Murraydrove them both in with a line drive to CF. McKenna Bekkersadded a single in the inning to leave the game tied 4-4 after two innings. West Cobb drove in 3 more runs before the game ended to hand NYO the loss.
Our Saturday morning game against the Paulding Punishers was an offensive battle. Pitcher Murray threw 6 strikeouts in the game, but the Punishers managed to score 9 runs. The Fire offense was in high gear for this game. Rylie Albertand Bekkers showed discipline at the plate, each drawing 2 walks and combining for 3 stolen bases. Kelly Kerew showed her power at the plate with a 2-RBI triple. Hannah Mabryand Kiley McKennaeach added a single and an RBI during the game. Anna Baesman added 2 singles and 2 RBIs, including a walk off single to secure the 10-9 win for NYO Fire.
NYO Fire then put together 3 consecutive wins in bracket play to secure a spot in the championship game. Game 1 started Saturday evening with NYO Fire falling behind 2-0 early in the first inning to Roswell Crush. A lightning delay and heavy rains sent both teams home with play resuming early Sunday morning. NYO benefited from the rest as we came back to win the game 10-5. NYO PitchersAdelaide Banks,Kerew, Mabry, and Murray combined for 8 strikeouts with Murray ringing up 5 batters in her two innings of relief. Kerew and Murray also both singled during the game to help their cause. Leadoff hitters Bekkers (2 walks) and Albert (1 hit, 1 walk) found a way to get on base and Addie Alforddrove in both Bekkers and Albert with a 2-RBI double. Hannah Hermanbroke the game open with an RBI triple, giving NYO a 6-5 lead. NYO then secured 4 more runs to close out the win.
Bracket game 2 matched NYO Fire against West Cobb Chaos. Pitchers Murray and Banks were solid in the circle, combining for 3 strikeouts in what turned out to be a short 3-inning game. Banks also made a spectacular play on a rocket line drive up the middle that she gloved for the out. NYO recorded 6 hits in the game with Alford (triple) and Albert (double) showing their power at the plate. Our defense was solid with Bekkers and Kerew each recording outs in CF, catcher Kiley McKenna recording an out on a tough foul ball catch, and Alford and Kendall Ebersolemaking plays at the corners.
NYO Fire then had a very exciting semi-final matchup against Murphey Candler Cobras. NYO and the Cobras battled to a 4-4 tie after regulation. The game was settled with the international tie breaker (ITB). MC Cobras placed a runner on 2B (per ITB rule). The Cobras scored one run, so NYO Fire knew we needed two runs in the bottom of the extra inning to advance to the championship. NYO Fire baserunner Murray started on 2B. Albert surprised the Cobras with a well-placed bunt for a single and then advanced to 2B easily. The Cobras then recorded two outs with both Fire runners still on base. Alford approached the plate with confidence and ripped a walk-off 2-RBI double to LF to secure the 6-5 win for NYO Fire.
The championship game against Sharon Springs Spartans also required an extra inning shoot-out, with the NYO Fire falling short 3-1 in that final inning. After playing 6 games plus two extra innings, NYO Fire left the fields (at 10pm Sunday night) carrying runner-up hardware.