Champs!

Vada Kruse of the Golden Girls 18's fields a Kearney hit during the championship game in Norfolk.

Brandy Unger and Skylar Hopkins helped lead their Golden Girls team to victory Sunday in front of a full crowd in the championship game of the Norfolk Golden Girls Tournament at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park.

The Golden Girl 18s won 5-1 against the Kearney DMilaco 16s in the championship game to wrap up the weekend tournament.

Unger was one of the biggest keys to the Golden Girls’ victory, pitching a total of five innings, with no walks, only two hits, eight strikeouts and one run allowed.

Hopkins led the offense, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. Jade Koch added a pair of singles, going 2 for 3.

In the first inning, Payton Magnussen had an RBI, driving home Taylor Schmidt. The Golden Girls extended their lead in the third when Alyssa Turner singled home Vada Kruse.

DMilaco cut the lead 2-1 in the top of the fourth, however, the Golden Girls answered with three runs. Natalia Linn had an RBI for the Golden Girls to score Unger to start the inning followed by Hopkins’ home run.

Unger carried the team on the mound throughout the weekend, as the Golden Girls’ other pitcher, Alyssa Nelson, has been injured.

Defensively, the Golden Girls also performed well, playing an error-free championship game. DMilaco, however, had a total of four errors.

“I would say a lot of it revolved around our pitching and our defense,” Golden Girls’ head coach Jamie Adkins said when asked about the components of the win, “Brandy threw a great game as far as getting first-pitch strikes and really closing out the batters, and the defense backed her up, and we had some timely hitting.”

In an earlier game, the Golden Girls defeated the Elkhorn Edge 11-0 to advance to the final against DMilaco.

The Golden Girls overall were consistent with their defensive play, and went 5-0 in the tournament. They outscored their opponents 31-4 overall.

“Their confidence and demeanor was very very good. I couldn’t be more proud just for the simple fact that they picked each other up no matter what was going on,” Adkins said.

The Golden Girls 16s also participated in the tournament but went 0-4 overall.

Kearney DMilaco 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 2 4

Norfolk Golden Girls 1 0 1 3 0 — 5 8 0

WP — Brandy Unger LP — Sophi Junker

2B — Unger HR — Skylar Hopkins

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