Gresham Blackbird’s second baseman Sydney Kinnett

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Gresham Blackbird’s second baseman Sydney Kinnett comes within an eyelash of making a great catch on a pop-up between second base and right field in the top of the first. Coming in from the right field position on the play is Mady Payne.

HASTINGS-By the time the Gresham 18-U Blackbirds saw West Point Heat pitcher Abbey Dale for the second and third time, they had her timed and primed for a big inning.

After picking up single runs in the second and third innings, the Blackbirds scored four times in the fourth and added two more in the fifth to end the game 8-0 via the eight-run rule after five innings at the Class C State Tournament held at the Bill Smith Complex in Hastings.

When the West Point Heat were at the plate, starting pitcher Kailey Ziegler kept the Heat off balance mixing up her pitches and holding the West Point offense to just four hits.

The Heat had just one base runner get as far as third base, and of the five stranded base runners, just two were left in scoring position.

Ziegler never faced more than five batters in an innings and she recorded three strikeouts and walked one batter in picking up the win.

Leading 2-0 after a wild pitch scored one run in the second and an RBI single by Shelby Ziegler made it 2-0.

In the fourth the Blackbirds got a one out double from Chaylee Tonniges and Sydney Kinnett followed that up with a single.

A fielder’s choice and an RBI groundout from Ziegler and a wild pitch accounted for the scoring to make it 6-0 after four.

In the fifth, Emily Neujahr was struck by a pitch and a triple scored the first run to make it 7-0.

With a runner on third base and two outs, Daylee Dey launched a deep fly ball to dead centerfield that appeared to be caught, but when the centerfielder hit the ground the ball popped out and the winning run came into score. Dey made it all the way to third.

Gresham finished the game with six hits and was led by six girls all with one hit.

The Blackbirds will be back in action today at 3 p.m.

Gresham will take on the winner of the Lady Jags and Nebraska City 16-U

The Jags defeated Ponca 7-0 in their opening game, while the Nebraska City girls topped the Hastings Bombers Red 7-6.

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