The Fleming-Neon Senior League softball team traveled to South Bend, Ind., to play in the Central Region Senior League Tournament. In the first game of pool play, Fleming-Neon played Jefferson R7 from Missouri.
In the first inning, Missouri only came up with one hit. In the bottom of the first, Whitney Creech reached base on an error, went to second on a passed ball, and stole third. Lexi Stambaugh received a walk and stole second, and Charity Niece received a walk. Whitney Creech then scored on a passed ball and Lexi Stambaugh stole home on the throw back to the pitcher. Charity Niece moved to third on the passed ball and also scored on a passed ball. Fleming Neon took the 3-0 lead.
In the third, Missouri put two runners on with a single and an error, but couldn’t get them across. Whitney Creech led off the third inning with a single, followed by Lexi Stambaugh with a bunt single. Creech went to third and on the throw Stambaugh went to second. Creech scored on a fielder’s choice from Charity Niece, and Fleming-Neon took the 4-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Lexi Stambaugh led off with a single and Charity Niece received a walk, and both runners stole second and third. Stambaugh stole home again to make the score 5-0 in the fifth.
In the sixth inning, Cheyanne Stidham singled, and Whitney Creech hit a home run to center. Lexi Stambaugh hit a double off the left field fence, moved to third and then scored on two passed balls to make a final score of 8-0.
Caitlynn Estevez picked up the win pitching four innings with two hits and eight strikeouts. Cheyanne Stidham pitched three innings with one hit and two strikeouts. Lexi Stambaugh went three for three with a walk, three stolen bases and three runs. Whitney Creech went two for four with a home run and the runs.