After playing near perfect ball for 4 straight games, the wheels started to fall off for the Libertyville Shamrocks in game 5 of the Softball World Series in Independence, MO. Facing the Lady Yankees of Wichita, KS the Shamrock bats went silent for almost 5 innings, then their comeback bid fell short. Trailing with a score of 3-2 in the 7th inning, with Margaret Haws on 3rd base and Taylor Zoellick on 2nd, a fly ball was caught by Wichita to end the game. But the Shamrocks weren’t going home yet in the double elimination tournament. The 7 pm game against the KC Skinners from Shawnee, KS gave the girls a chance to heat up their bats, and sure enough, the Hits Parade began again. The stunned Skinners saw the scoreboard read 5-0 by the 2nd inning with Shamrocks leading. Kansas had their opportunities, but nothing got by outfielders Bri Roberts, Sabrina Cipola, and Maddie Policht. By the 4th inning, all the Shamrocks were hitting and the score was 9-0. But Kansas wasn’t ready to go home either, and started hitting hard. With bases loaded, a pitching change was made. Shortstop Zoellick and her cousin, Second baseman Amy Abel, made a double play. After pitcher Jessie Apgar caught a pop up, they were out of the inning. After winning 13-6 the Shamrocks had to immediately play at 9 pm against the Diamond Skilz from Grain City, MO. Despite the long day they continued to play hard and earned another win with a score of 4-1 and will face the KC Chaos Saturday morning at 8 am. Pizza and bedtime girls. “We’re not going home yet!”
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