Spirit 18u takes down Ord in dominating fashion

The Broken Bow Spirit 18u team broke the game open in the top of the third inning, pouring in 14 runs on seven hits on the way to a 27-3 victory. Makenna Brunken got the monstrous inning started with an inside the park home run to deep center field, giving the Spirit a 3-2 lead. They never looked back. Brunken is from Burwell and has proved to be a valuable import for the Spirit program so far. “Makenna is a well rounded ball player,” Spirit coach Tara Russell said. “She is both smart and athletic. I like her aggressiveness on the basepaths and she tracks the ball well in the outfield with great speed.” Brunken’s home run was followed by an RBI-single from Kelsie Myers and a bases loaded walk of Morgan Hueftle brought Kassie Russell home. A passed ball and an infield single from Katie Kirkpatrick brought the lead to 8-2 in the inning before Ord could record the first out. The Spirit would add 11 runs in the 4th to end the game in the bottom of that inning. Brunken ended with a very productive night at the plate, finishing just a single short of the cycle as she drove in three runs. Hueftle finished the game with seven RBIs including making it all the way around to home on an overthrow with the bases loaded. She also recorded a double in her three official plate appearances. Kirkpatrick finished with one two RBIs to go along with two from Myers. Tressa Ripp, Kassie Russell and Michaela Weverka each finished with one RBI. Weverka pitched two innings and struck out two while walking five and allowed two earned runs. Hannah Evans pitched the final two innings and struck out two while allowing one hit and no earned runs. With the Spirit’s lone league loss coming to their 16 and under counterparts, their toughest area competition could be their own practice companions. “It’s frustrating, yet rewarding,” Russell said. “We have some great coaches in the program and it just shows the awesome future of the Spirit Program. We haven’t actually practiced much together. I actually think praciticing together would be in the best interest of both teams in preparation for state.”