The Johnson’s Body Shop Wildcats advanced to the championship game of the Major League softball tournament with a win over the Graviss McDonald’s Bulldogs Friday at Lakeview Park.
The Bulldogs defeated the Optimist Tigers in Friday’s opener, then lost to the Wildcats in the consolation bracket final.
Johnson’s Body Shop will meet the Hillcrest Baptist Church Crimson Tide for the championship today at 5:30 p.m. at Lakeview Park.
Graviss McDonald’s Bulldogs 13, Optimist Tigers 3
In the top of the first for Optimist, Faith Lewis led off with a double and scored on a single by Corie Chisley.
Graviss McDonald’s answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Ashleigh Caudell doubled and scored on a double by Danielle Hockensmith, and Hockensmith scored when Taylor Redmon was thrown out at first to make the score 2-1.
In the top of the second, Bronzie Peach walked, stole second and scored when Brooke Keith grounded out to tie the score at 2-2.
The Bulldogs broke the game open in the bottom half of the inning with eight runs to make the score 10-2. Valorie Mobley led off with a single, Vanessa Jones, Caudell, Hockensmith, Kelemen, and Redmon walked, and Caudell and Redmon also singled to account for the runs.
In the top of the third inning for Optimist, Bailey Cardwell led off with a triple but was thrown out trying to advance to home. Mackenzie Brooks singled and scored on an errant throw to make the score 10-3.
Graviss McDonald’s scored three more runs in the third as Mobley, Jones and Ainye’ Rogers walked and Caudell and Hockensmith singled to make the score 13-3.
Ann Kelemen pitched and picked up the win while collecting four strikeouts for Graviss McDonald’s.
Sidney Edwards and Phelps pitched and combined for four strikeouts for the Optimist.
Johnson’s Body Shop Wildcats 17, Graviss McDonald’s Bulldogs 7
In the top of the first for Johnson’s Body Shop, Brittany Kincaid walked, stole second and scored on a single by Madison Ellis.
Graviss McDonald’s scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. Ashleigh Caudell singled, stole second and scored on a single by Danielle Hockensmith. Ann Kelemen walked and Ainye’ Rogers singled, scoring Hockensmith. Vanessa Jones, Caudell and Hockensmith walked to force in Kelemen and Rogers and make the score 4-1.
In the second for the Wildcats, Shelby Wilhite, Raygan Shepard, Savanna Boone, Kaylee Robinson, Amelie Brooker, Alora Wheatley, Kincaid and Madison Parido walked, and Ellis ripped a bases-clearing double to make the score 9-4.
Taylor Redmon doubled in the bottom of the second for the Bulldogs but was left stranded to keep the score at 9-4.
In the top of the third for Johnson’s Body Shop, Shelby Rhoades walked, stole second and scored on a single by Shepard to make the score 10-4.
Graviss McDonald’s threatened in the third. Caudell walked and stole second, but was doubled off second on a fly ball. Kelemen walked, Redmon singled and Rogers walked but they were eft stranded.
The Wildcats broke it open in the top of the fourth inning scoring seven runs to make the score 17-4. Corianna Wideman singled, moved to second and third on back-to-back walks to Brooker and Kincaid.
With the bases loaded, Parido blasted a double that cleared the bases. Ellis walked and Rhoades singled, scoring Parido, followed by a single from Wilhite that scored Ellis. Shepard walked and Boone crushed a double to clear the bases.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Bulldogs mounted a rally when Jones walked and Caudell singled to put runners on first and second. Hockensmith hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Jones out at third. Kelemen boomed a double that cleared the bases and made the final score 17-7.
Rhoades pitched and picked up the win and collected five strikeouts for Johnson’s Body Shop.
Taylor Redmon pitched and had four strikeouts for Graviss McDonald’s.
The Wizards and Diamonds were winners in the instructional league softball tournament Monday. They will play each other tonight in the championship game at 5:30 p.m. at Lakeview Park.
Diamonds 12, Wildcats 1
Kilee McGowan tripled, doubled and singled for the Diamonds. Hannah Dawson doubled twice and singled. Karis Nickell singled three times. Cameryn Ridderikhoff homered and singled. Riley Dawson doubled and singled. Nakhia Morgan and Hadley Hurst each singled twice.
For the Wildcats, Ellen Crumbaugh singled twice, Juliana Frazee and Camryn Kelly each doubled and Emma Moore singled.
Wizards 8, Angels 0
For the Wizards, Makayla Muravchick, Caroline Gregory and Molly Wooldridge hit a double and single apiece. Makayla Cummins, Holland Riddell and Chloe Simpson hit two singles apiece. Marissa Adcock, Alli Yount, Isabella Bryant and Maseyn Hedges added one single apiece.
Ashlyn Williard hit three singles for the Angels. Kendall Cook doubled and singled. The rest of the hits were one single apiece from Larissa Abbott, Brooklynn Coley, Corynn Richie, Kayden Olds, Shyann McIntyre, Haley Harrod, Molly Hanson and Haley Early.