2017-05-17 / Sports

Lady Pirates claim ‘Jimmy Johnson’ title


Champions! The Peck Pirates softball team earned the title at Saturday’s Jimmy Johnson Tournament. Champions! The Peck Pirates softball team earned the title at Saturday’s Jimmy Johnson Tournament. PECK – With districts approaching, the Peck Pirates softball team could be peaking at the right time.

The Lady Pirates, now 11-5 overall, won the annual Jimmy Johnson Memorial Tournament this past Saturday by defeating the Cros-Lex JV team, 2-1, and then Dryden, 20-3. Earlier in the week, they won five of six games against NCTL opponents.

The big win on Saturday came in their opener against C-L. They trailed, 1-0, going into the final inning. The walk-off win came when Abbey Shell walked, Kaylee Ureel followed with a base hit and Casey Light smacked a single to score both. Light had two of her team’s five hits in the game.

“It was defensive game - great defense by both teams. And, pitching was strong for both sides,” remarked Shelley Bullis, Peck assistant coach.

Shell was the winning pitcher, allowing just three hits, striking out four and walking none. Maddie Day, who threw a five-hitter, was the losing pitcher.

It was all Peck in the next contest.

Leading the offense was Shell with two doubles and two RBI, Morgan Winiarski with a double and an RBI and Josie Ferguson with a single and an RBI. Winiarski was also the winning pitcher.

Peck 8-17, Caseville 0-7: In the league sweep of the Eagles on Thursday, the Lady Pirates had just four hits in the opener but were aided by Eagle miscues. Abbey Bullis had two of the hits and drove in two runs while Winiarski and Light each added an RBI single. Shell pitched the shutout.

Four different players had two RBI in game two – Light (3-1B), Bullis (2-1B), Ferguson (2-1B), and Shell. Shell, again, was the winning pitcher.

Peck 16-12, Kingston 13-3: The doubleheader on Tuesday was a nonleague make-up with the Cardinals.

All nine Peck players had a hit in the opener, including Ureel, who had three singles and two RBI. Cherokee Johnson ripped a double and drove in three runs while Aubyrn VanConant had two singles and two RBI.

In the next game, Johnson went 4-for-4 (3 RBI). Shell and Bullis both had multiple hits and drove in three runs apiece. Shell was on the mound and earned the victory.

Peck 3-14, North Huron 9-11: Last Monday, Peck divided a doubleheader with the Warriors.

In the nightcap, Shell singled in one run and Bullis drove in two more in the sixth inning to break a, 11-11, tie. Both players had four RBI in that win.

Johnson and Shell both had a double and an RBI in the loss in game one.

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