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LITTLE LEAGUE MAJORS SOFTBALL - Diamonds shine on the diamond

Kelsey Isenman (top) of the Diamonds gives the team’s new trophy a kiss after they defeated the Commotion 4-1 at Wednesday’s Little League Majors softball championship game. It was the second straight year the Diamonds won the title.  - Julie Busch photo
Kelsey Isenman (top) of the Diamonds gives the team’s new trophy a kiss after they defeated the Commotion 4-1 at Wednesday’s Little League Majors softball championship game. It was the second straight year the Diamonds won the title.
— image credit: Julie Busch photo

It's the second straight title for the Diamonds.

In a tight game with the title hanging in the balance, one swing of the bat can break things wide open.

Haley Brandt-Erichsen did the honors by driving in two runs on a base hit that gave the Diamonds the lead and eventually a 4-1 win over the Commotion in the Bainbridge Island Little League Majors softball championship Wednesday at Strawberry Hill Field.

It’s the second year in a row that the Diamonds have won the title.

“It feels good when they play as well as they (did),” Diamond head coach Brian Moore said. “Both times, they’ve come to a pinnacle at the end of the season and really raised the bar. As a coach, that’s very satisfying.”

The Diamonds scored first in the second inning when they loaded the bases via the first three batters on an error, a hit batsmen and a walk.

Tristin Berge drove one run in with a single, but the Commotion got out of the jam with a strikeout and two forceouts at home.

In the fourth, the Diamonds put two runners on with a base hit and an error.

Brandt-Erichsen then drove a pitch between the third baseman and shortstop that got by the leftfielder to score Hailey Willmann and Ashley Hufnagle.

In the fifth, the Commotion finally got on the board with a run in the fifth as Evyn Newman singled in Kat Frickerton.

But the Diamonds added in another run in the bottom of the fifth when Bridget Sloat – the number nine hitter – doubled to score Hannah Marsing.

The runs were enough for Diamond pitchers Berge and Willmann to hold the Commotion to just three hits and one run.

In the intermediate softball finals, the Storm defeated the Pride 10-9 for their second straight title, coming back from a 9-1 deficit by scoring five runs in the fifth inning.

They also beat the Commotion 10-4 in the semifinal game as Julie Feikes, Quinn Erickson and Katia Nelson combined to hold them to four runs.

The Storm scored six in the third as Taylor Boon and Mary Boynton drove in three runs combined on base hits.

It was also announced that the Little League District 2 tournament would be held at Strawberry Field July 1-11 for the 9-and-10-year-olds, the 11-and-12-year-olds and the Majors All-Star teams.

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The Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars were announced yesterday. The teams are:

Softball 11/12 – Manager: Troy Greenfield. Players: Ali Blake, Annalise Ricco, Ashley Hufnagle, Brianna Ledoux, Cali Moore, Hailey Willman, Hannah Marsing, Katie Gwaizdon, Lauren Easley, Natalie Najarian, ReAnna Rapada, Taylor Greenfield and Tristin Berge

Softball Juniors – Manager: Brian Moore. Players: Grace Campbell, Clara Dunn, Lauren Felder, Haley Heater, Emily Irish, Caitlin McCormick, Camille Moore, Taylor Pitts, Larkin Sheldon, Delcy Stoddard, Mackenzie Teddy and Colleen Gruber

Softball 9/10 – Manager: Deidre Raben. Players: Antonia Papajani, Cailyn Schreck, Caitlin Maguire, Emily Schneider, Erin Kinney, Faith Campbell, Haley Story, Katie Raben, Kayla Estes, Lauren Sheehan, Leah Nordberg, Maddie Stevenson, Maureen McCormick and Tara Wilford.

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