Bobby Rayburn’s three-run HR off Tamina capped a four-run ninth inning as Wonderboy salvaged the final game of the series over a shocked Girl Power squad 6-5.
In what was a great pitching duel early on Girl Power lost a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning as Tamina imploded. Sonya Deville was becoming the stopper with all of her 3 wins coming after Girl Power losses. Steve Nebraska was also pitching great in his 3 starts. So when there were runs scored by each team in the first inning the thought was that we are heading for one of those games.
Bobby Rayburn drove in Juan Primo in the top of the first inning. Carmella drove in Mandy Rose with a double in the bottom of the first. Then the pitching duel began with no runs scored until the bottom of the seventh inning. Deville was brilliant during that stretch. Nebraska tired in the seventh. Girl Power using errors by Stan Ross and Rayburn to push across three runs. Natalya’s RBI double and Carmella’s run-scoring single highlighted the inning. Kit Keller replaced Nebraska with two outs and two runners on and allowed the run-scoring single to Carmella.
Roy Hobb’s leadoff solo HR in the top of the eighth inning cut the lead to 4-2. Nia Jax drove in Sarah Logan with a ground out but just like they did all game long Girl Power left men in scoring position to end the inning.
We go to the ninth inning and Paige replaced Deville with her closer Tamina. After striking out Dottie Henson to lead off the inning Tanner Boyle’s double provided a spark. Primo struck out but Stan Ross drove her in with a double. Paige then opted to intentional walk Hobbs. That set the stage for Bobby Rayburn’s three-run HR. Jim Bowers pitched a quick bottom of the ninth inning for the save.
Lou Brown went to his bullpen today and it appeared to be the wrong choice but he was not at the center after the game. Everyone was waiting for Paige to discuss pitching Tamina for the third straight game and not sticking with Deville.
Here is Paige after the game. “This loss took away from what we did this series and it shouldn’t. The girls are down right now but we have battled all year long and today will be no different. Tamina is my closer and I trust her. Case closed.” Carmella had this to say. “Man that was tough. We had the series won. Losing games like this are really tough to handle. But we can’t wait for the next series.”
Next up for Girl Power is a series at Brotherhood. For Wonderboy they visit the Outlaws