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Burgrabe's Eagles remain unbeaten, notch sweep of Mason City

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[June 09, 2011]  Burgrabe's Eagles, the Lincoln softball team for 11-12-year-old girls, improved their record to 5-0 with two more comeback victories Wednesday night, taking both ends of a doubleheader against the Mason City Cougars at Breezy Field in Lincoln. Burgrabe's won the first game 7-4 before winning the nightcap 11-8.

In the opener, the Eagles gave up a run in the top half of the first and second innings, trailing 2-0, before going to work. Sydney Johnson led off with a walk and was driven home by Danielle Burgrabe. Consecutive walks went to Mya Roberts, Heather Curry and Kalyn Roberts, and then Katie Hunsley followed with an RBI walk. Jazzminn Morecraft cracked a single to drive home another run, followed by RBI walks to Kylee Foster and Gracie Hemenway.

Mason City scored another run in the top of the third. With a 5-3 lead, the Eagles added insurance runs in the home half of the third. Brooklyn Hermes was hit by a pitch and was driven home by a single by Alexis Van Hook. Johnson then had an RBI single.

Mason City added one more tally in the final frame, but the Eagles prevailed.

Morecraft (1-0) was the starting pitcher for the Eagles and pitched four innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight. Grace Skelton earned her third save of the season, giving up two hits but striking out two in the fourth inning.

Game two saw the Eagles fall behind again early. The Cougars plated four in the top of the first. The Eagles cut the lead in half on a walk to Hemenway, an RBI double to Hermes and an RBI ground out by Morecraft.

Mason City scored two more in the second. The Eagles managed just one run in the second, scoring after a Johnson single and an RBI ground out by Curry.

The Cougars were held scoreless in the third and Burgrabe's went to work. Hunsley led off with a single, Kalyn Roberts drove her home with a single, and Hermes followed with a two-RBI double. Then there were consecutive RBI singles by Morecraft and Van Hook, and Foster drove home Van Hook. Next, Johnson singled and was driven home by Burgrabe. Kimberly Rhoades then singled, and both Burgrabe and Rhoades scored on a single by Curry.

The eight-run frame gave the Eagles the cushion they needed as they held off a rally by the Cougars in the fourth, when Mason City scored two and had the bases loaded before an infield pop-up ended the contest.

Skelton was the starting pitcher for the Eagles in game two, allowing four hits and striking out four. Curry (4-0) came on in relief and earned the victory by allowing just two hits and recording two strikeouts in her two innings of work.

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Burgrabe's individual totals for the two ballgames combined:

  • Gracie Hemenway: 1 for 1, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI

  • Brooklyn Hermes: 2 for 3, (doubles) 3 runs scored, 3 RBIs

  • Jazzminn Morecraft: 2 for 3, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs

  • Sydney Johnson: 3 for 3, 3 runs scored, 1 RBI

  • Danielle Burgrabe: 1 for 3, 1 run, 2 RBIs

  • Katie Hunsley: 1 for 2, 2 runs, 1 RBI

  • Kalyn Roberts: 1 for 2, 2 runs, 1 RBI

  • Alexis Van Hook: 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs

  • Heather Curry: 1 for 2, 1 run scored, 3 RBIs

  • Grace Skelton: 0 for 3

  • Mya Roberts: 0 for 1, 1 run scored

  • Kimberly Rhoades: 1 for 2

  • Kylee Foster: 0 for 2, 2 RBIs

The Eagles will put their unblemished record on the line Friday night in Mount Pulaski at Frazier Field.

[Text from file received]

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