Smitty’s wins playoff tourney

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TELL CITY—Smitty’s Memorial Team outhit Tri-State Service & Maintenance 21-6 to win the Tell City Women’s Softball League playoff tourney championship game 10-2 Thursday.

Smitty’s led only 4-1 after five innings but pulled away with a five-run sixth inning.

Singles by Paige Gelarden, Courtney Cain, Candy Parks, Lauren Goffinet and Jaci Garrett, a sacrifice fly by Brittany Roark, and an error fueled that big inning.

Jamie Brinksneader scored a key run earlier by stealing home to put Smitty’s up 4-0.

Kyli Smithson went 4 for 4 for the game to lead Smitty’s hitters. Parks and Goffinet each added three hits. Roark, Garrett, Gelarden, Natalie Cole and Cain each contributed two.

Roark and Garrett each drove in two runs.

Leslie Henrickson went 3 for 3 to lead Tri-State. Amber Taylor added two hits.

Smitty’s beat Chappy’s Girls 11-5 in the semifinals earlier Thursday as Parks went 3 for 4.

Goffinet, Jessica Varner, Amber Thomas, and Gelarden each added two hits. Goffinet, Roark and Cain each drove in two runs.

Lisa Noble, Randi Gogel, Allison Van Winkle and Ashley Chapman each had two hits for Chappy’s.

Tri-State beat Indiana Realty 21-1 in the other semifinal game Thursday as Bridget Bruggeman went 4 for 4.

Laura James, Taylor, Lacey Hawkins and Tashia Peter each added three hits.

Kristi Brumfield and Sammie James each had one hit for Indiana Realty.

Tri-State won the league’s regular-season title with an 8-1 record, one game ahead of Smitty’s, ending Smitty’s record 17-year streak for winning that title.

Smitty’s set another record Thursday, though, in winning the playoff tourney for the fourth year in a row. In the league’s 39-year history no team had ever won the tourney more than three years in a row.

Smitty’s had to revamp its outfield this season. Kim Brown, the team’s left-center fielder for 16 years, retired before the season and left fielder Krystal Lawalin broke her ankle in the second game and missed the rest of the season.

The team then picked up Julie Lindauer, but she missed several games with a broken thumb suffered in a fastpitch game.

“Our outfield played well in the playoff tourney, though,” said Smitty’s Coach Larry Goffinet. “And Lauren Goffinet at shortstop and Candy Parks at third base made several nice plays.”

Goffinet won the league’s home run title for the fifth year in a row, breaking the record of four in a row that she previously shared with Brown. Goffinet hit four this year.

Laura James went 3 for 3 on the final night of the regular season to win the league batting title with a .741 average.

It was her first batting title and the first time in six years that Parks or Goffinet did not win it.

Taylor and Brandy Smith of Indiana Realty tied for the Sharon Smitley Mental Attitude Award in voting by league coaches.

Taylor was one of the honorees for the second year in a row.