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Runs aplenty for Moose Jaw Ice in commanding U12 girls fastball wins

Ice score 46 runs over two games in 21-5 win over White Butte, 24-2 victory over Lumsden
It was only a year ago that the Moose Jaw Under-12 girls fastball teams put the rest of the province on notice with their high-powered offence built around a focus on plate discipline.

It turns out that nothing has changed, especially for the U12 A Ice crew.

The local squad once again put on an offensive clinic on Sunday, racking up 46 runs over two games on their way to a 21-5 victory over White Butte and 24-2 win against Lumsden in a doubleheader Sunday at Optimist Park.

Against Lumsden, the only hiccup at the plate came in the first inning, when Moose Jaw scored four runs. Other than that, it was the maximum five runs the rest of the way through the six-inning contest, giving them their 24 total.

As was the case in many of their lopsided victories last season, walks were a key factor -- Lumsden pitchers would walk a total of 27 batters.

Moose Jaw also did damage with the sticks, though, led by Taryn Friesen who finished the game 2-for-2 with four runs scored and six runs batted in. Georgia Fowler also had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two runs and four RBI.

Avery Funke also crossed the plate four times after reaching on four walks, while Sophia Johnstone scored three runs after picking up four walks of her own.

Avery Garthus got the start and gave up a single run over three innings, striking out eight and walking a pair. Funke tossed two innings, allowing a single run while striking out the side in both before giving way to Johnstone, who pitched a scoreless sixth.

Scoring information was unavailable for game against White Butte.