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The game proved to be as exciting as promised. For the first five and a half innings Otter Valley's Sanderson and Lyndon's Elizabeth Hamel were hooked up in a scoreless pitching duel. Both sides had a few opportunities to score early, only to be denied.

Lyndon's second baseman Danyelle Shufelt reached first on an error to lead off the game. But then she attempted to go all the way to third on a bunt from shortstop Greer Lemnah and was thrown out by Otter second baseman Sam Hansen, completing a 1-4-5 double play. The Vikings weren't through though. Nykea Williams delivered a two-out single to center and stole second. However she was left stranded their when Sanderson struck out Hamel looking.

The very next inning Lyndon's catcher Kayla Franklin led the second inning off with a single, and was on third with just one out. She would be left there though when Megan Rosengren struck out and Kayla Weisinger grounded out to short. That would be Lyndon's last major threat intil the sixth when they ran themselves into yet another 1-4-5 double play.

The Otters had opportunities to score before the sixth too. Bird belted a two-out double in the bottom of the fourth but was left at second when Hamel struck out Jenelle Gallipo swinging.

The Otters were turned away in the bottom of the fifth as well. Megan Greeno led off with a walk and raced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Gallipo, but would not score. Hamel got Otter catcher Amanda Sanderson to line out to short and struck out designated hitter Kristy Pinkham.

Otter Valley leadoff batter Hansen worked a walk to start the sixth and then Hamel became unhinged. Hansen would score on three wild pitches, giving the Otters a 1-0 lead. Michaela Harrington singled, and one out later Bird singled her to third. Yet another wild pitch allowed Harrington to plate the Otters second run, and Bird took second on the same wild pitch. Bird then scored to make it 3-0 when Tamara Bishop delivered a huge pinch hit single.

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