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Bad first inning buries Tuff, 7-1

ROCKFORD, Ill. ­ A first-inning debacle sank the Medford TornadoTuff Wednesday in its final pool game at the ASA 14-and-under national fastpitchsoftball tournament.

The Miami Wildcats scored five runs in the first inning en route to a7-1 victory over the Tuff at the Sportscore complex.

Medford opens double-elimination play at 10:30 a.m. today against theSanta Ana, Calif., Athletics, who also were 1-1 in pool play in the 78-teamtournament.

We just weren't mentally ready to play the first inning,said Larry Binney, who oversees the Tuff program. That was probablythe worst of the 60 ball games we've played. We just weren't ready to play.

Medford scored one run in the sixth inning and threatened for more. StephCoe, Ashley Nelson and Haley Severe singled consecutively to load the bases.Loni Brophy then drew a walk to force home Coe. The next two batters ­Amanda Cavolt and Erin Goodell ­ hit the ball hard, but couldn't produceanother run.

We had a chance to maybe put together a pretty big inning, butit didn't happen, Binney said.