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Little League softball Diamondbacks split a twin bill

Diamondback’s Kristen Day tags out Aubrie Baird of the Cardinals
Diamondback’s Kristen Day tags out Aubrie Baird of the Cardinals

By Tim Chambers

A good crowd was on hand at Ralph Stout Park to watch the Diamondbacks play a pair of games. They finished strong, beating the Cardinals 20-8 after falling to the A’s 23-9.
The game was plagued by lots of walks but the Diamondbacks did manage a few base hits.
Kristen Day had two of those. Lydia Eastridge, Aden Thomas and Morgan Hodge had the other three.
The Cardinals failed to collect a base hit but did gather plenty of walks during the game.
Eden Potter, Kendy Kleine, Chloe Ballard and Sara Arnold all played well for the Cards and scored. Shi Arnold and Hunter Roush also added a run each.
Manager Kim Kleine was happy with the progress that each team has made.
“I know my team had a lot of fun today,” said Kleine. “All the girls are improving with each game they play. It’s an awesome thing watching these girls compete in their own softball league. I also want to thank our middle school coaches, Greg and Abby Reece, for fixing up the field and calling our games. It’s been a great thing for our community and these players.”
The Diamondbacks hit the ball well against the A’s but they couldn’t come close to knocking them off.
Chloe Bryant had a double and single to lead the D-Backs. Morgan Hodge had an inside-the-park homerun. Lydia Eastridge, Aden Thomas and Sarah Morris also had base hits.
Kendall Hill banged out a couple of hits for the A’s. Audrey Savery, Samantha Reece, Helen Dixon and Kaylee Roark each drew a pair of walks and scored twice.
“Every kid in our league appears to be picking up the game rather quickly,” said Diamondbacks manager Gary Evans. “It’s totally different now than when we first started. I hope we can continue having softball and I hope the league will grow. This can be a good feeder program for the middle and high school teams. It gives a lot of kids the opportunity to learn how to play. For some it’s the first time that they’ve played.”

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