CAMBRIDGE -- A late scoring barrage lifted the West All-Stars past the East by a 8-4 final count in the Eastern District Softball All-Star game on Tuesday at Cambridge City Park.
Local players for the West included Krystin Raach and Andrea McWhorter from Newcomerstown, and Haley Kolmerten and Kim Michael from Ridgewood. Coaches for the West included Kirby Shivers of Ridgewood and Coshocton's Steve Jones.
"It's always nice to win that last game of the year," Kirby Shivers said following the contest. "You don't always get to do that. Tonight was fun, the girls played hard and it was a good time."
With the game tied at 4-4 after seven innings of play, the West got busy with the bats to jump in front for good.
Lindsay Kite (Tri-Valley) led off the eighth inning with a base hit for the West, Kolmerton then hit a come-backer to the mound that was booted for an error to put runners on first and second with no outs. Michael laid down a sacrifice bunt but the throw was wide, allowing Kite and Kolmerton to score and give the West All-Stars a 6-4 lead.
The West plated two insurance runs in the ninth for the final margin.
McWhorter led off the inning by coaxing a walk and advanced to second on a ground out by Taylor Larocca (Dover). Carly Clark (Strasburg) then drilled a double to left-center to plate McWhorter. Alyssa Wright (Meadowbrook) came through with an infield single that scored Clark for the game's final run.
The West All-Stars scored in the top of the fourth for an early 1-0 lead, with Kite coming around to score following a lead-off single. The East came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame to take the 2-1 lead, with Sabrina Cunningham (Harrison Central) delivering an RBI double.
The West responded with a run in the fifth as Raach led off with a single and came around to score on a ground out by Larocca to tie the contest at 2-2.
In the seventh inning, the West tacked on a pair of runs to retake the lead at 4-2, with Jenna Shingary (John Glenn) ripping a double to plate both runs. In the bottom of the inning, the East added a pair to pull even at 4-4 before the East scored four unanswered runs for the victory.
Townsend picked up the pitching win for the West, hurling the final three innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Cheyene Moore (Beallsville), who worked the final three innings, took the loss.
Rachel Duncan of St. Clairsville and Carrie Lase-Whitehead coached the East All-Stars.