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Lightning strikes twice for WBVL title

WBVL B League — Thunder and Lightning

LAMOILLE — Dan Kolb wanted to make two competitive teams when he selected the two Bureau Valley North B League Softball teams this summer. He got the job done.

The BVN Thunder and Lightning met for the B League championship Sunday at LaMoille with Kolb’s Lightning team edging their sister Storm 10-8. The Lightning were the No. 5 seed and the Thunder were No. 1.

“We played four times, and we each won twice. They beat us twice in the season and we beat them twice in the tournament,” said Kolb, the former National League All-Star pitcher.

The Lightning scored three in the second inning and four in the third to take a 7-2 lead. Emily Fordham blasted a home run in the top of the fourth for the Lightning, but the Thunder pulled within 8-7 with four runs in the home half.

Morgan Freeman, Christin Hurley and Fordham all had a 2-2 day at the plate. Kamyrn Kolb, up from the C League, was the starting and winning pitcher with 4.1 innings of work.

Morgan Ringle went 3-3 and Lexi Jacobs 2-2 for the Thunder.

The Thunder took the top seed into the double-elimination tournament, but was tripped up by the Lighting 9-6 on Saturday. The Thunder made it back to the championship game by rallying to defeat the A's 12-11 in six innings, LaMoille 9-8 and then Tampico.

No. 3 Tampico finished third and No. 4 LaMoille took fourth. The Princeton Cardinals, the No. 2 seed, got by the Princeton Rockies in Friday’s opener, but was tripped up by Tampico 4-2 and LaMoille 17-16 on Saturday trying to play their way back.

Annawan, Sheffield and Wyanet each won a game in the consolation round-robin.

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