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Road Runner Elite plays in Best of the Best tournament

| July 3, 2018

COSHOCTON – The Road Runner Elite 18U travel softball team went 1-5 at the summer Best of the Best tournament this past weekend at Willig Park in Canton as injuries continue to wreak havoc on the team.

In the first pool game Friday, the Runners committed six errors in the field and managed only one single at the plate resulting in a 12-0 loss to the Wolfpack Dudek. Melanie Clum (Sheridan/Ohio Wesleyan) got the single and Payton Werntz (River View) took the loss on the mound. In the second game, the team dropped a 7-4 decision to the Thunder Elite. Taylor Gallentine (St. Clairsville) had two singles, two stolen bases and scored two runs to lead the team at the plate and Janessa Dawson (Tri-Valley) had an RBI. Werntz again suffered the loss in relief of Dawson. In the third game Friday, Gallentine again had two singles and scored a run, Dawson singled and scored a run, Riley Conkle (Coshocton) smacked an RBI double and Shanna Reed (Toronto) had an RBI single to lead the offense. Clum took the 6-4 loss on the mound.

On Saturday, pool play continued with the team facing the Canadian Windsor Wildcats. Dawson knocked in two runs but suffered the 8-2 loss on the mound. Gallentine ripped a triple, scored two runs and stole a base. In the final pool game, Dawson pitched a complete game 7-3 victory against the Sundogs. Kendyl Hatfield (John Glenn/Marietta) led the offense going 3-3 with two singles and a double, scoring two runs. Werntz rapped a double and a single, Hannah Worthington (Tri-Valley) had two singles with an RBI and run scored, and Kieran Johnson (Wheeling Park), Lauren Krystek (River View/Air Force) and Dawson each had RBI singles. The Elite ran into a buzz saw in the first game of the single elimination bracket as the Ohio Emeralds took a 20-5 win. Gallentine and Krystek each had RBI doubles, and Worthington an RBI single.  Werntz went 2-2 at the plate but took the loss on the mound.

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