Tri-State nips Smitty's to win playoff tourney

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Laura McClintic hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning as Tri-State Service & Maintenance beat Smitty's Memorial Team 6-5 to win the Tell City Women's Softball League playoff tourney Tuesday.

Tri-State took a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning on Lacy Hawkins' three-run double, one inning after Kara McClintic hit a two-run double.

Smitty's battled back to tie the score 5-5, though, with two runs in the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh.

Kim Brown's sacrifice fly to left field and Tammy Litherland's single to left drove in Smitty's seventh-inning runs.

Tri-State loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, though, on singles by Leslie Henrickson, Bridget Bruggeman and Kara McClintic.

Laura McClintic then hit a fly to left-center field that was deep enough for Henrickson to tag up and score the winning run. Kara McClintic hit two doubles and a single in four at-bats to lead Tri-State's 12-hit attack. Henrickson and Rivaye Sitzman each added two hits.

Lauren Goffinet, Candy Jarboe, Litherland and Paige Gelarden each had two of Smitty's 11 hits.

Tri-State beat Mulzer Tax Service 21-10 with one big inning in the semifinals of the single-elimination tourney last Thursday.

Mulzer Tax led 8-4 after five innings. But Tri-State scored 17 runs, all with two outs, in the sixth inning.

Sitzman had three of Tri-State's 18 hits that inning. Kara McClintic hit a home run and a single that inning and Ashley Chapman hit a triple and a single.

Smitty's beat Cinderella's 18-7 in the other semifinal game Tuesday as Jarboe hit a double and three singles. Goffinet and Marianne Krueger each added three hits.

Regular-season individual awards were handed out before the championship.

Goffinet won the batting title with a .750 average and the home-run title with the only one hit in the regular season. She became the first player since Brown in 2003 to win both titles in the same season. Krueger and Kelly Hubert of Cinderella's tied for the Sharon Smitley Mental Attitude Award in voting by league coaches.