Ashley Thompson started off the rally for Kirk Freeport.

The 2018 season of Little League Girls Softball resumed on April 14 after the Easter Break as Coldwell Banker outlasted Kirk Freeport, 7-5, in a well-played game by both teams.

Kacie Ramos and Nathania Simpson scored for Coldwell Banker in the first inning but Kirk Freeport leveled the score in their half as Abi Powell and Ariyana Ebanks crossed home. Neither team scored in the second inning but Coldwell Banker added a run in the third as Raina Myles scored on a hit by Deandra Whiteman.

Each team scored a single run in the fourth, but Coldwell Banker took the lead for good in the top of the fifth as three batters came around to score.

Kirk Freeport battled back with two runs at the end but came up just short. Kacie Ramos, Nathania and Deandra each reached base three times for the victors, while Aurora Whiteman had two key hits and scored a run. Ariyana led the Kirk Freeport attack, going three for three, including an inside-the-park homer deep to left field, while teammate Jemilla Frederick reached base in both of her at-bats.

Coldwell Banker’s Carmella Ylagan and Kirk Freeport’s Shay Windsor each made excellent catches, actually getting each other out. Coldwell Banker’s Raina turned an unassisted double play at 1B. With the win, Coldwell Banker sits alone in first place after four games.

Despite the loss, Kirk Freeport was determined to bounce back in their next matchup, where they faced off against GCM.

Kirk Freeport took an early lead and held on to defeat GCM, 5-3. In the first inning Kirk Freeport’s Ariyana Ebanks blasted an RBI double to left field, scoring Shay Windsor. Ariyana then scored on a hit by Ashley Thompson to make it 2-0. Kirk Freeport added two more runs in the second inning as Manu Prabhakar and Jemilla Frederick crossed home.

Deandra Whiteman batted in runs for Coldwell Banker.

In the top of the third GCM clawed back with two runs as Linda Mukarate and Clara Ramos both walked and scored, with Hannah Gibson’s RBI double being the key hit in the inning.

Kirk Freeport scored a loan run in their half of the third as Abi Powell drove in Deandra Bush. In the fourth inning, GCM loaded the bases with two outs and Lindsay Bodden smacked a solid single to centre, bringing home Thai Merren. On the same play shortstop Shay tagged out a GCM runner near second base for the final out of the game, preserving the hard-fought win for Kirk Freeport. All three teams playing excellent games this week, and pitchers Deandra Bush, Deandra Whiteman and Thai Merren all gave a tremendous effort.

Each week you can catch the softball games on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. The popular discount cards are available for $5 from all Little League families.

Kacie Ramos was a leading force on the field.

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