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Creston wins Harlan JV tourney

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:55 a.m. CDT
(Contributed photo by TERI KEELER)
Pictured are members of the Creston junior varsity softball team, which won the Harlan JV Tournament on Wednesday. The Panthers improved to 4-2 for the season with wins over Harlan and Atlantic.

HARLAN — The Creston junior varsity softball continued its dominance of the Harlan JV Tournament here on Wednesday, winning it yet again with a pair of victories.

Creston defeated Harlan 15-2 in the opener and then topped Atlantic 10-6 in the Panthers’ second game.

The Panthers were in command of the game against Harlan from the very beginning, as Lexie Little led off the inning with a triple, scoring on a passed ball. The Panthers scored four runs in the first inning.

Creston added three more in the second inning, three in the third and five in the fourth inning.

Cammy Rutherford hit a three-run double in the third inning and Taylor Briley hit a grand slam home run in the fourth inning.

Briley finished 2-for-2 at the plate with 5 RBI, while Rutherford went 2-3 with three RBI and Brenna Baker was 2-3 with a double.

Briley allowed just two hits in the pitching circle, while striking out two and walking none.

In the Atlantic game, Chloe Hagle hit a two-run single in the first inning to put Creston on top 2-1. Morghan Frey hit an RBI groundout to make it 3-1.

Atlantic took a 5-3 lead in the top of the third inning, but Creston tied it up at 5-5 in the bottom half of the inning.

The Trojans took a 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Creston took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Hagle and Frey both hit RBI singles.

Josie Sickels hit an RBI double in the seventh and Briley hit an RBI single.

Josie Sickels finished 3-for-4 with one RBI, Briley was 2-4 with an RBI and Hagle was 2-4 with three RBI. Frey finished 1-2 with two RBI.

Briley picked up the win, pitching three innings of relief and striking out five with no walks. Josie Sickels started the game, striking out two and walking one.

Creston improved to 4-2 with the wins.

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