AURORA, Colo. – In a game that featured 11 home runs, the Minnesota Magic National came back and knocked off Georgia Power Gold, 14-13, in the 18u Supplemental Championship on Sunday afternoon in a highly-dramatic back-and-forth game.
University of Minnesota commit Jessa Snippes led the way for the Minnesota Magic with two home runs and four RBIs, including the game-winning RBI in the top of the seventh inning. Snippes got things started for the Magic with a solo home run in the first inning, but Georgia Power quickly responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
After both teams went scoreless in the second inning, the Magic once again showcased its offensive firepower with a solo home run from Kendal Jenkins and then a two-run home run from Catherine Smetna, to give the team a 4-2 lead.
Georgia Power answered with a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning to make it 4-3, and looked primed to add plenty more runs to the inning. With runners on second and third with two outs, a ground ball was smashed hard down the left side of the field. Magic third baseman Bryn Ruhberg made a diving leap for the ball, gathering it in her glove, and from a seated position, threw across the diamond to narrowly get the out at first and saved at least two runs.
After the Power tied the game in the fourth inning, the Magic once again cleared the fence with a two-run home run from Snippes again. In the bottom half of the inning though, the Power gained all the momentum, scoring seven runs in the inning, including a bases-clearing three-RBI single and a three-run home run.
Trailing 11-6, it didn’t take long for the Magic to get back into this back-and-forth game once again. In fact, it just took the next half inning, as the Magic once again utilized the long ball. Avery Wukawitz got things started for Minnesota with a 3-run home run, and then Smetna tied the game up with her second two-run home run of the day.
Georgia Power was resilient, though, and seized the momentum pack from Minnesota in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run home run to regain the lead, 13-11, and force Minnesota into its last three outs. The Magic came through with their backs against the wall, however. Taylor Gray quickly tied the game up with a two-run home run, the eleventh home run of the game, and the Snippes came through with an RBI single to give the Magic a 14-13 lead, and ultimately the win.