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Plenty of longballs in Rush softball tourney

By By Cassie Chance/Special to The Star
Feb. 25, 2001
Maybe next year the Rush Fast-Pitch Softball Classic should include a homerun derby.
If there had been one this year, some players could have given each other a run for their money. Throughout the weekend, there were 10 homeruns hit by just four teams.
Saturday's action got underway at 8:30 a.m. The game times were moved up due to the threat of weather.
Late Friday night
San Jacinto 9, Young Harris 8: San Jacinto won its late game Friday evening in extra innings. No scoring report was available.
Okaloosa Walton 6, Motlow State 3: The Lady Raiders got solid 2-for-4 performances by Alayna Cunningham and Jaime Crawford and Nikki Reid and Carole Ward added one run apiece.
Motlow's only runs came from Traci Winton, Amanda Potuk, and Nicole McGrew.
Saturday
Central Alabama 9, Motlow 4: Saturday's first game got underway with Central Alabama taking an easy 9-4 win over Motlow State. Traci Winton, Nicole McGrew, and Christi Hampton all went 1-for-3 for Motlow. McGrew's score came off a homerun. Kellie Finney added the Lady Trojans' other run.
Central Alabama's Amy Hawkins scored twice and Amber Kelly, Andrea Hatcher, Sharon Tubbs, Cori Barnett, Lindsey Wyatt, Sonya Henderson, and Mindy Bowen added one run each.
Young Harris 5, Blinn 3: Tara Neff, Pamela Byrd, Felicia Coursey, Amy Cochran, and Kara Rice all went 1-for-3 for Young Harris.
Frances Martinez scored once and Robin Landua scored twice for Blinn.
Central Alabama 7, Chipola 3: Central Alabama added another win on Saturday thanks to three homeruns. Andrea Hatcher hit one homerun, while Laura Hopper sent two over the fence. Amy Hawkins and Sharon Tubbs also added doubles.
Sammi Wilkes, Erin Flater, and Elisha Scott scored Chipola's only runs.
San Jacinto 5, Okaloosa Walton 1: The Lady Coyotes got two runs apiece from Tammy Nelson and Diana Rychilk. Krystal McDonald added one.
Okaloosa Walton's lone run came from a 1-for-2 performance by Jaime Crawford.
Blinn 2, Motlow 1: Shelly Sleep reached on an error and later scored. Karla Grigsby reached on a single and later scored off of Kristy Carlson's triple.
Motolow's only score came from Dawn Fox, who reached on an error and was then scored on a double by Nicole McGrew.
MCC 4, Young Harris 1: The Lady Eagles opened their play on Saturday against Young Harris. Amy Adcox and Ashleigh Hicks went 1-for-3 and Lakenya Wilson and Auriel Jenkins each had a 1-for-4 performance to pace the Lady Eagles to the win.
Felicia Coursey scored Young Harris' only run.
Chipola 6, San Jacinto 2: Chipola routed San Jacinto 6-2 with help from a homerun by Erin Flater.
Sammi Wilkes, Virginia Spencer, Stephanie Gray, and Elisha Scott also scored for the Lady Indians.
San Jacinto's runs came off of 1-for-3 performances by Krystal McDonald and Diana Rychilk.
Central Alabama 12, Blinn 3: Central Alabama rallied in the sixth inning to take a nine-point win over Blinn. Lindsey Wyatt hit a homerun in the sixth to give the Lady Trojans the lead. Amy Hawkins, Tonya Brock, Laura Hopper, Cori Barnett, Amber Kelly, and Jill Foster also scored.
Heather Ford scored on a double by Shelly Sleep. Sleep then scored on a Robin Landua homerun.
Okaloosa Walton 4, MCC 3 (9 innings): The tournament's last game featured the hometown MCC Lady Eagles facing off against Okaloosa Walton. The game went into extra innings and in the end the Lady Raiders pulled away with the victory. Karey Sill scored twice for Okaloosa Walton and Megan Quarry and Cassandra Davis scored one run each.
MCC got a 2-for-5 performance from Faith Robinson and Ryan Reid went 1-for-4. The Lady Eagles will play today at Northeast Park at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

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