What looked like an easy win, actually wasn’t.
The high octane girls from Advertising Made Easy got out to a 9-0 lead on Thursday night and then had to hang on for their softball lives at Shuford Park. Advertising Made Easy was pressured, pushed and startled before wrapping up a 1210 Recreation League win over the “never say die” Tornadoes.
Coach BeccaWhite’s Tornadoes never led in the game, but they did cut the deficit to just one run in the third inning. The Tornadoes rallied behind Kyla Harris’ three-run homer to left field and Emma Rhoney’s RBI single.
“My girls started off nervous, but we never gave up. We worked hard, and we had some fun,” said White.
Her team would score again in the bottom of the fifth inning on an Advertising Made Easy two-base error and a Tornadoes RBI groundout. Harris scored the last run of the game in that inning. Harris also had one violent hit with her home run earlier in the evening.
“I just like hitting, and I am getting stronger,” said Harris.
The “no quit” Tornadoes also scored twice in the second inning on two hits and a groundout. Rhoney and Madi Murphy had the Tornadoes RBI’s in the bottom of the second. Murphy singled in one of the runs. Rhoney also forced in a run on her groundout.
The Tornadoes kept on chipping away and swinging.
“We were focused and confident. We’re good,” said Murphy.
Advertising Made Easy wasn’t totally at ease. The girls on this 9 and 10-yearold softball team had to play. They had to keep on scoring to win this game, and the Advertising girls did.
They scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning with a Tornadoes three-base error, a Jasia Swanson RBI single and a Tornadoes fielding error. Advertising Made Easy took an 11-8 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth the Tornadoes came back with a run on a Catalina Starr infield single and a base hit from shortstop Sophie Clough. Advertising Made Easy had a lean two-run advantage at 11-9.
There was more softball and one more Advertising run in the top of the fifth. The girls from Advertising Made Easy increased their lead to 12-9 on a single from catcher Emily Reese, a base hit from center fielder Martie Lock and a run-scoring single from Kelsie Creed.
The Tornadoes tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth as well. They would conclude the game with eight hits. Advertising Made Easy would call it a night with 13 hits, with two a piece from Kaylee Bryant, Jasia Swanson, third baseman Madison Petite and Emily Reese.
“We came back and hit good. We love playing ball,” said Petite. “We’re a good a good team, and we’re together.”
The biggest inning of the night for either team was the top of the first when Advertising Made Easy was raking for six runs on eight hits. Bryant led off with a single of the infield variety. Swanson hammered a double, good for an RBI. Swanson also scored on a Tornadoes two-base error.
Chloe Liechty would single as well for the Advertising team. Petite singled in another run for an Advertising 3-0 lead. Chloe Scarbrough went deep for a home run to left field for the fourth Advertising run.
The rally monkey was not yet put to bed. Emily Reese retaliated and singled. A Tornadoes error was added into the mix, along with a Kelsie Creed two-RBI single for a 6-0 Advertising advantage.
Janiah Mitchell also had a hit in the first inning for Advertising Made Easy, which would run its record to 9-2-1 on this night at Shuford Park. Advertising Made Easy is coached by Curt and Sarah Beth Snider.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer