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The KG Her-icanes Travel Softball team won its third straight tournament on July 19 at the Nationals Warm-Up tournament in Richmond. The Her-icane ladies played well, winning their pool by way of scoring victories in their first three games.
With the event being one day, only three pool winners made the playoffs, and KG was ranked the #1 seed, earning a berth in the championship game based on only surrendering five runs during pool play. KG battled the Force in the championship game, with KG prevailing by a score of 8-1.
KG used outstanding pitching and a determined defense to cruise to victory. With KG recently claiming championships in the Charlottesville Summer Heat Classic, and at the Richmond Queen of the Hill; the three tournament championships in a row is an impressive way to finish the teams spring/summer season.
The Her-icanes finished with 31 wins and 10 losses this spring season.
KG 10, Powhatan Thunder 3
KG overcame defensive errors which allowed several unearned runs to score in the first inning, as Juliet Truslow led off the second inning by blasting a ball over the center fielder’s head while motoring her way to third base. Destiny Johnson, Caitlyn Crossman and Emily Davis each provided hits to score Truslow, Johnson, and pinch runner Amber Hixson. Singles by Ashleigh Nalls, Truslow, Anna Schram, Casey Ulrich and Erin Baker led to four more runs in the third inning. A double by Schram, followed by two more singles by Crossman and Baker led to three more KG runs in the fifth. Juliet Truslow pitched four quality innings, allowing one hit, while striking out four batters. Ashleigh Nalls pitched the fifth inning and struck out the side.
KG 13, KW Krush 1
KG scored nine runs in the first inning and breezed to victory. KG tallied only six hits for the game (two each by Kaylee Wright and Truslow, one each by Nalls and Schram), but had numerous walked and hit batters. Erin Baker pitched two good innings for KG, allowing three hits while striking out one and J. Truslow closed out the game by pitching one inning while allowing no hits.
KG 1, Bay River Rumble 0
In the toughest battle of the day, Ashleigh Nalls pitched six magnificent innings for KG, allowing one hit, while striking out seven batters. Catcher K. Wright threw out two base runners which proved vital to not allowing the Rumble to score. KG’s offense struggled, as they could only manage six hits (two each by Nalls and Hailey Thomas, and one each by Truslow and Crossman).
Crossman belted a double to left center in the bottom of the sixth, and Thomas followed with a game winning single down the left field line to score speedy KG pinch runner Jennifer Childers.
KG 8, Force 1
Pitcher Juliet Truslow tossed six strong innings in the championship game, surrendering four hits, while striking out five batters. KG’s Hailey Thomas and the KG defense played exceptionally, with Thomas showing her range while making six put outs at 2B. KG scored eight runs in the second inning, as Nalls led off with a single, followed with the next four batters reaching base by walk or error. Casey Ulrich ripped a line drive to left field scoring two runs, Erin Baker singled, followed by an Emily Davis hit down the right field line which resulted in three runs scoring with Davis making her way to third base. The eight runs were all that was needed for KG to secure the victory.
The Her-icanes, who have been hard at work since January, will take a month off before playing next on Labor Day weekend. Special thanks to the team’s sponsors and to the fans who’ve come out to watch and provide their support.