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Smitty's rallies in 8th to beat Coke for title

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Smitty's Memorial Team rallied for five runs in the top of the eighth inning and beat Coca-Cola 14-9 to win the Tell City Women's Softball League playoff tourney Thursday.

Coke scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score. Amie Owen singled, Jennifer Stowe doubled, and Amber Hanan singled to produce those runs.

Smitty's came back with consecutive hits by Lauren Goffinet, Candy Jarboe and Krystal Lawalin to start the eighth inning.

Tammy Litherland followed with a sacrifice fly to put Smitty's up 11-9.

Lawalin then stole third base and scored on Kim Brown's grounder to increase Smitty's lead to three.

Hits by Amber Thomas and Jaci Garrett and two errors completed Smitty's rally.

Coke had runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the eighth after Theresa Lain singled and Misty Park doubled.

But a ground out to the first baseman, a ground out to the pitcher, and a ground out to the shortstop ended the game.

Goffinet went 4 for 5 to lead Smitty's 21-hit attack. Jarboe, Thomas and Garrett each added three hits.

Owen and Jennifer Stowe each had three hits for Coke. Hanan had two hits and two walks and drove in three runs.

Smitty's regular pitcher, Paige Gelarden, was gone on vacation, as the playoff tourney was originally scheduled a week earlier but was postponed due to rainouts.

So Holly Richardson, who had not pitched in a game in about 10 years, pitched for Smitty's. She had some control problems early but walked only one in the last five innings.

Her teammates backed her with strong defense, committing only one error and none in the last seven innings.

Shortstop Goffinet handled nine chances without an error. Once she made a diving stop and got up to throw the runner out at first.

Smitty's reached the finals of the five-team, single-elimination tourney by beating Mulzer Tax Service 14-4 earlier in the evening.

Tonya Taylor went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs to lead Smitty's 20-hit attack that game.

Goffinet, Jarboe, Lawalin, Tammy Litherland, Brown, Jessica Varner, Richardson and Melissa Hahus each added two hits for Smitty's.

Tara Schneider and Lori Hanks each had two hits for Mulzer Tax.

Smitty's turned four double plays that game. Third baseman Jarboe turned two by fielding grounders, stepping on third, and firing to first.

Coke beat Marian's Hallmark 6-1 in the other semifinal Tuesday as Leslie Henrickson, Owen, Kara McClintic, Stowe and Hanan each had two hits.

Emily Harpenau had two hits for Hallmark.

Harpenau won the league's regular-season home-run title with two.

Jarboe hit .767 to win the league batting title for the second time. Her first batting title was 10 years ago at age 16, when she was the league's youngest batting champion ever.

Travis DuPont of Arby's won the Sharon Smitley Mental Attitude Award in voting by league coaches.