Babe Ruth softball tournament

WINNING PITCHER – NG All-Star’s Hannah Prestininzi has her eyes on the catcher. Prestininzi pitched a complete game with seven strike outs to start the state 10U softball tournament at Dyer. (Photo by Lori Cathey)

The 10 and under (10U) Babe Ruth Softball WTN State Tournament was held June 12 through June 15 at David Robinson Park in Dyer. The North Gibson All-Stars defeated Dresden 14-1 to capture the Babe Ruth Softball WTN State Championship title. Members of the North Gibson All-Stars 10U undefeated champs team are Hannah Prestininzi, Georgia Lannom, Ella Kate McCurdy, Avery Owens, Haley Mingle, Kyla Wofford, Hannah George,  Emmi Reed, Maya Turner, Olivia Williams, Hannah Walters, and Shianne Crandall.

North Gibson All-Stars faced Dresden in the opening round of the tournament on Monday night. Dresden scored five runs to start the game but NG All-Stars scored 19 runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 19 to 5 lead. Both teams scored a run in the second inning to make it 20 to 6 NG All-Stars. In the top of the third Dresden scored a run. NG All-Stars scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to run rule, Dresden 22 to 7, to advance to the semi-final round. NG All-Star Hannah Prestininzi was the winning pitcher with seven strike outs.

Tuesday night NG All-Stars faced Newbern. Newbern took a 2 to 1 lead in the first inning. In the top of the second Newbern scored two runs with NG All-Stars scoring nine runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 10 to 4 lead. Newbern added two more runs in the third inning to make it 10 to 6 NG All-Stars. Both team scored two runs in the fourth inning for a 12 to 8 NG All-Stars victory. NG All-Stars advanced to the state championship game against Dresden. Maya Turner was the winning pitcher for North Gibson All-Stars.

Thursday night, behind great pitching, and several extra base hits, NG All-Stars raced past Dresden to win the State Championship 14 to 1.

NG All-Star pitcher Maya Turner struck out the side against Dresden to start the game. In the bottom of the first inning NG All-Stars scored three runs to take a 3 to 0 lead. Reaching base for NG All-Star were Avery Owens, Maya Turner, Georgia Lannom and Haley Mingle. Dresden scored their only run in the top of the second inning to make 3 to 1 NG All-Star.

In the bottom of the third NG All-Stars scored 11 runs to extend their lead to 14 to 1.During the inning Hannah Walters tripled to center field, Avery Owens and Georgia Lannom both singled. Dresden was unable to score in the top of the fourth inning for a 14 to 1 NG All-Star state championship run rule victory. NG All-Star pitcher Maya Turner struck out 10 batters and only allowed two batters to reach base for the game.

Leading the NG All-Stars were Hannah Walters 2 for 3 with a triple, and Maya Turner 1for 3 with a double. Ella Kate McCurdy, Avery Owens, Georgia Lannom, and Emmi Reed all hit singles.

NG All-Star’s pitchers Maya Turner and Hannah Prestininzi combined to lead the team to a 3-0 record and a State Championship.

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