Sunbirds hold off Riptide in opener
by TONY MCGUIRE
On Saturday, the Sunbirds and the Riptide opened the 2006 Little League softball season in the Park. The Sunbirds jumped out to a big lead early only to see the Riptide pull to within a couple of runs late. The Sunbirds, however, were able to put together the final rally to double up on the Riptide 14-7.
The Sunbirds scored first, but the Riptide was able to tie the game at two at the end of the first inning. The Sunbirds took the lead for good in the second inning, scoring four runs to take the 6-2 lead.
From that point on, the Sunbirds were able to keep one step ahead of the Riptide. The Riptide drew within three runs in the fourth inning (10-7), but would get no closer. The Sunbird went on to win the season opener 14-7.
Sunbirds stats: Kaci Dupree: 2 runs, Kelsey Estep: 1 run, Pam Sebastian: 3 runs, Morgan Combs: 2 runs, Brodie Fields: 1 run, Ragan: 1 run, Hannah Johnson: 1 run, Ashley Morris: 1 run, Courtney Kilburn: 1 run, and Sarah Webb: 1 run.
Riptide: Makayla Lewis: 2 runs, Mady Ison: 1 run, Mallorie: 3 runs, Sarrah: 2 runs, Cora Whitaker: 1 run, Tori: 1 run and Taylor: 2 runs.
**** First names were all that was provided in the official book for some players.
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