It was a good night to hit for the cycle in the Valley Girls Slow Pitch Softball League.
First, Kristi Bennett did it for CTI Physical Therapy/United Refining in a 20-6 win over Crescent Beer. Jen Jones also had four hits for the winners - including two home runs, and Julie Chase was 3-for-3. Rachel Tellinghuisen had three hits for Crescent Beer.
Kayla Hultberg hit for the cycle for Results Rehab, but this game went a little longer. Tammy Spear was also 4-for-4 in Results' 32-24 win over AC/CJ's. Crystal Russell had a homer and two doubles for Results. Heather Walker had four hits in the loss.
Times Observer Photos by Jon Sitler
Behind the scenes
At left, Crescent Beer pitcher Danette Courtney lobs one in to CTI Physical Therapy’s Kristi Bennett in a Valley Girls Slow Pitch Softball League game at Betts Park. At right, Sarah Phillips rips a base hit with Bennett at second in a win for CTI — in a game pitting the second- and third-place teams with one week to go in the regular season.
It was also a god night for Park Ave. Motor Car, which clinched the regular-season championship with one week to go with a 24-4 win over The Rouse. Kellie McClement and Emma West were each 4-for-4 for Park Ave., which scored 18 runs in the first inning, and Corrie Bednez was 5-for-5 with two doubles. Cassie Mason had a home run and double for undefeated Park Ave.
Cheryl Leonard was 5-for-5 with two triples to help Crescent Beer bounce back from its loss to second-place CTI to clinch third in a 15-11 win over Mike's Townline Service. Sadie Billingslea, Melissa Clark and Heather Cressley had four hits each for Crescent.
CTI Physical Therapy/URC 364 52 - 20 26
Crescent Beer 303 00 - 6 13
2b-Meghan Lyszaz (CTI), Jen Jones (CTI), Kristi Bennett (CTI), Heather Cressley (Cr). 3b-Kathleen Creek (CTI) 2, Bennett (CTI), Melissa Clark (Cr). HR-Jones (CTI) 2, Bennett (CTI). WP-Michelle Slade. LP-Danette Courtney.
AC/CJ's 734 712 0 - 24 10
Results Rehab 02(12) 765 x - 32
2b-Gina Robert (A), Mel Lewis (A), Mel Jones (A), Kristy Rieck (A), Kayla Hultberg (R), Sue Bero (R) 2, Tammy Spear (R) 2, Crystal Russell (R) 2, Tessa Vargas (R) 3. 3b-Heather Walker (A), Lewis (A), Hultberg (R). HR-Hultberg (R), Russell (R). WP-Spear. LP-Jones.
Park Ave. (18)33 - 24
Rouse Home 004 - 4
2b-Missy Snyder (P), Cassie Mason (P), Corrie Bednez (P) 2, Tiff Haehn (R), Casey Walters (R). HR-Mason (P). WP-Bednez.
Crescent Beer 120 532 2 - 15
Mike's Townline 304 200 2 - 11
2b-Kristie Goldthwaite (M), 3b-Savanna Cochran (M), Cheryl Leonard (C) 2, Melissa Clark (C). HR-Cochran (M). WP-Danette Courtney.