Jayhawks capture Minor League crown

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For the second night in a row, the Capital City Trophy Jayhawks and the KECU Huskies met in the Minor League girls softball tournament at Lakeview Park.
And for the second night in a row, the Jayhawks pulled out the victory.
The two teams squared off Monday in the winners bracket final with the Jayhawks winning 8-2.
The Huskies won the losers bracket final Monday, earning a rematch with the Jayhawks in Tuesday’s championship game.
This time the Jayhawks won 4-1.
All five runs in the game were scored in the first inning.
Capital City Trophy scored four runs with Rylee Warner leading off and reaching base when she was hit by a pitch.
Laken Ellis and Hailey Close followed with singles, and Riley Welch belted a home run as the first four batters reached base.
Khloe Schwaniger and Hannah Stockton both singled for the Jayhawks in the first.
Lauren Crumbaugh led off the Huskies’ half of the first inning with a home run for what turned out to be KECU’s only run of the game.
Also getting hits for the Huskies were Mykenzie Sharp with two singles, and Trinity Yett and Keeli Lightfoot each with a base hit.
The Jayhawks’ other hits were a single by Warner and a triple by Close.
Close pitched for the Jayhawks and had nine strikeouts.
Crumbaugh, Maddax Gortney and Sharp pitched for KECU and combined for four strikeouts.


MONDAY Games
To reach the championship game, the Jayhawks defeated the Huskies in the winners bracket final Monday.
The Elks Lodge No. 530 Gamecocks defeated the Investors Heritage Tigers in one losers bracket game, sending the Gamecocks to the losers bracket final against the Huskies.
The Huskies earned a spot in the championship game with a 5-4 win over the Gamecocks.
Elks Lodge No. 530 Gamecocks 3, Investors Heritage Tigers 2
In the bottom of the first inning, the Elks Lodge scored one run when Madeline Shipley singled and scored on a double by Sophia Charles to make the score 1-0.
In the top of the third inning for Investors Heritage, Janay Cook led off with a single but was left stranded. In the bottom half of the third, Abbagail Grimes singled, went to second on a single by Trinity Yett, went to third on a single by Shipley, and scored on a single by Charles to make the score 2-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Ellie Roberts hit a single but was left on base. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Layah Fox blasted a home run to make the score 3-0.
The Tigers mounted a rally in the top of the fifth inning when Jordan Harris led off with a single and went to second on a single by Abigail Perry. Both runners advanced when Janay Cook grounded out to first.  
Amiya Gordon singled to score both runners and make the score 3-2. Gordon stole second but could not advance any farther.
Charles pitched and picked up the win for Elks Lodge No. 530.
Kylie Johnson pitched for Investors Heritage.
Capital City Trophy Jayhawks 8, KECU Huskies 2
Capital City Trophy opened the game scoring three runs in the top of the first inning when Rylee Warner, Riley Welch, and Khloe Schwaniger walked to load the bases, and Hannah Stockton crushed a triple to score all three runners.
In the top of the second inning, Alyssa Mathers singled, and Skylyn Ohler and Warner drew walks.
Laken Ellis hit a single to score Mathers and Ohler and make the score 5-0.
The Jayhawks scored a run in the third inning as Welch walked, advanced to third on a single by Stockton, and scored on a single by Mathers to make the score 6-0.  
Capital City Trophy closed out its scoring in the fourth inning. Warner walked, Ellis singled, and Hailey Close singled to score Warner. Welch singled to score Ellis and make the score 8-0.  
Schwaniger singled to load the bases, but all three runners were left stranded.  
In the bottom of the fourth inning for KECU, Lauren Crumbaugh led off with a single, and Keeli Lightfoot and Maddax Gortney walked to load the bases.
Mykenzie Sharp singled, scoring both Crumbaugh and Lightfoot to make the score 8-2.  Trinity Yett followed with a single, but Gortney was tagged out going home.
Close pitched and picked up the win for Capital City Trophy.
Crumbaugh and Sharp pitched for KECU.
KECU Huskies 5, Elks Lodge No. 530 Gamecocks 4
For Elks Lodge No. 530 in the top of the first inning, Madeline Shipley singled, advanced on a single by Madison Sparks, and scored on a base hit by Sophia Charles. Sparks was tagged out coming home on a single by Layah Fox.   
KECU tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning when Lauren Crumbaugh led off with a triple and after Keeli Lightfoot walked, scored on a single by Maddax Gortney.
In the bottom of the second inning for the Huskies, Nicole Smith singled and scored on a double by Savannah McGee, who scored on a single by Crumbaugh to make the score 3-1.
In the top of the third inning for the Gamecocks, Trinity Gottler singled, advanced to second when Shipley walked, and scored on a single by Madison Sparks.
Charles followed with a single that scored Shipley, and Sparks was tagged out going to third. Charles scored on a single by Brina Barnett, who was tagged out going home.
Scoring three runs gave the Elks Lodge No. 530 a 4-3 lead.  
In the bottom of the third inning for the Huskies, Gortney singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Mykenzie Sharp. Sharp stole second and scored the winning run when Trinity Yett grounded out to first. 

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