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Girls place fifth in Kissimmee

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By The Staff

KISSIMMEE - The Williston softball team finished with a 2-1 record in the Kissimmee Klassic tournament last week, good enough for fifth place in the 16-team White Division of the 48-team event.

The Lady Devils won the first game over Tallahassee Chiles, 12-1, fell to Mount Dora Bible, 11-5, and knocked off Satellite, 6-4. The Devils were scheduled to play Bradford for fifth place but the game was rained out. However, Williston won the coin toss for the spot in the bracket.

Here are summaries of each game.

WILLISTON 12, CHILES 1: WHS took the six-inning victory as Tori Stamper pitched a four-hitter.

The Devils scored two in the second. Heather Porter walked, and eventually scored on a single by Mandi Lee. Dayna Hunn collected a hit and eventually came home on an RBI grounder by Kayla Thorrington.

After Chiles pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the second, Williston added two more in the top of the third. Crissy Rawls singled and, after a groundout, scored on a Margaret Brown hit. Brown went to third on a single by Hunn and scored on a passed ball.

Williston really broke things open in the fourth by putting a six-spot up on the board. Alneidra Graham tripled, Rawls singled but the run couldn't score and Simone Cannady bunted safely to load the bases. Brown walked to drive in a run and Porter singled to drive in two more. Hunn had another hit, scoring a run, and Laurrin Howard singled to drive in two.

The final two runs scored in the sixth. Cannady reached on an error and came around to score on another error. Brown singled, moved up on a passed ball, and Porter singled to drive in another run. Hunn also had a single in the inning, her fourth in the game.

MOUNT DORA BIBLE 11, WILLISTON 5: The Bulldogs scored 11 runs and took the game to the bottom of the sixth before the Devils could even get on the board.

Needing two runs to keep the game going, Williston came through. With one out Porter walked and Hunn singled. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Graham singled driving in two runs.

The Devils were feeling better now, but it was too little too late. In the bottom of the seventh they pushed across three runs on four hits, with all the runs scoring on errors. Thorrington had a single, Brown had a hit and Rawls and Kene Mincey each had successful bunts. Two fly outs, however, ended the game.

WILLISTON 6, SATELLITE 4: The Devils spotted the Scorpions a two-run lead in the first, then steadily got back in the game and took the win. Howard was the winning pitcher with a complete game.

In the first Rawls walked, was sacrificed to second by Cannady and scored on Brown's single.

The Devils tied it in the second as Hunn and Howad singled, and Mincey's single drove in the run.

One more run gave WHS the lead in the third. Rawls singled, was bunted to second by Cannady again and scored on a single by Brown, almost a carbon copy of the first inning.

In the fifth Rawls singled and scored on another hit by Brown.

The final two, and what proved to be the deciding runs, scored in the sixth, both coming home on a double by Mincey. Howard had reached on an error and Graham had doubled her to third.

For the tournament the Devils put up some good batting numbers, led by Brown, who was 8-for-10. Hunn was 6-for-11, Rawls 5-for-9 and Graham 4-for-8.