Ahead of the Curb takes home Senior League crown
2013 SENIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSâ€”Ahead of the Curb Driving Academy (front row, L-R): Hannah Myers, Audrey Blackmore, coach Amy Blackmore. Back: Audra Geels, coach Rachel Manley, Jessica Schaden, Marysa Knudsen, Lindsey Manley, Sierra Arriage, Olivia Serna, coach Justin Manley, Madison Thrailkill, and Morgan Tracey. (Not pictured were Erica Schaden and Jordyn Inskeep; photo provided)
Senior League Softball champions for 2013, Ahead of the Curb Driving Academy took the hard way through the playoffs coming through the loser's bracket.
Eventually, however, the squad of girls overcame Barker's in the semi-finals, then defeated Mind's Eye Graphics twice on Thursday night to become league champions.
Against Mind's Eye Graphics, Curb was forced to play a second game due to the double elimination format of the tourney with Mind's Eye having not lost yet.
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In game one, Mind's Eye scored two in the bottom of the first but Curb led 4-2 after two frames. The score was tied at 4-4 after two more runs from M.E. in the third. The teams traded three runs each in the next two innings but the final run came in the seventh when Thrailkill stroked a two-out RBI single for the game-winner.
Manley earned the win allowing seven runs on nine hits with six K's and two walks. Jillian Roth pitched all seven frames as well taking the loss while allowing eight runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and four free passes.
In the final game of the season for both teams, Curb broke open a 1-1 tie in the fourth with three runs and never looked back in a 10-4 win for the title.
After scoring one run in the bottom of the fourth, Mind's Eye spotted AOC six runs in the fifth to make it 10-2. Mind's Eye scored a run in each the sixth and seventh but could not overcome the deficit.
Schaden pitched the second game for Curb netting the complete game win allowing four runs on 10 hits with four K's and four walks. Roth was given the loss allowing 10 runs on 16 hits with a K and four walks.
Serna stroked two doubles to lead the champions, while Audrey Blackmore had three hits. Sierra Arriaga and Schaden each had two hits.
Mind's Eye batting stats were not provided.