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Marysville defeats Granite Falls 7-5

 

Andrew Hines

Makayla Pollock sprints into scoring position for Marysville against Granite Falls at Quake Memorial Park, on June 1.

Marysville matched up against Granite Falls in round one of the District 1 Little League Softball Tournament of Champions. After a few back and forth innings Marysville was able to pull ahead with a score of 7-3 in the fourth inning. They didn't score again for the rest of the game, but it turned out to be enough, as they came away with the win with a score of 7-5 on June 1.

"That really comes down to luck of the draw, the girls being able to hit the ball and making smart plays out there on the field. It's not so much about the coaches, but more about the girls making the win happen," said Coach Josh Graham.

Andrew Hines

Kolby Joyner gets on base for Marysville as they go against Granite Falls at Quake Memorial Park, on June 1.

Marysville got out to a quick two-run lead in the first inning, but Granite Falls responded quickly with three runs of their own in the second. Both teams stayed at these scores until the fourth inning when Marysville came out with five runs. In the bottom of the fifth, Granite Falls scored a couple of runs and brought the game to within two.

There were several standout players for Marysville including catcher Riley Perrine, third baseman Sierra Fogg, and pitcher McKenzie Becker. Perrine finished with two singles, an RBI, a stolen base and a run. Fogg finished with a single, a double and four RBIs. Becker, who pitched the entire game, also contributed on the other side of the plate with a double, an RBI and three stolen bases.

"The excitement, building a little family, seeing them come from having skills and then honing them in, and making sure they know what's going on is really exciting to me," said Coach Graham on the best part of coaching.

After the win against Granite Falls Marysville went to the next round and faced, eventual league champions, Stilly Valley. Marysville lost by a score of 8-4 on June 2.

 

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