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Ann Burgess gets three hits and scores twice as gray beats royal blue 15-9.

Ann Burgess showed she’s got game like her youngest sister.

Burgess, whose baby sister Linda Burgess played in the WNBA, had a stellar night in senior softball May 24.

She had three hits and made two putouts at catcher as the gray team beat royal blue 15-9 on field 2 at Brahan Spring Park. They play in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.

Burgess, 59, went 3-for-3 with a walk, one run batted in and scored two runs. She caught two foul popups behind the plate to strand runners on first and third in the third inning.

“Lovely. I enjoyed it. It’s one of my best,” she said. “Don’t get to play often because I work at the Von Braun Center. And every opportunity I get I come out and play.”

Linda Burgess, 51, the youngest of the five sisters, starred at Bob Jones High School and the University of Alabama before playing for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs in the Women’s National Basketball Association. In her 90 games in the WNBA, she averaged 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. The 6-foot-1 forward retired from professional basketball in 2001 and resides in Macon, Georgia. She was inducted in the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.

Player/coach Sam Sepulveda, David Koch and Ron Baer had four hits apiece for gray (7-5). David Key had three hits. Ken Valine and pitcher Michael Gundersen added two hits apiece. Gundersen, a left-hander, pitched all seven innings for the win.

Gray committed five errors but they made plays when needed to strand baserunners, including Burgess’ two catches in the third with two on and one out.

“Honestly it was good defense and our battings were solid. They weren’t great but they were solid,” Sepulveda, who played shortstop and batted leadoff, said.

Darnell Ford had three hits with an RBI double and scored three runs for royal blue (6-6). Jorge Marin, Mark Wilbourn, pitcher Pete Mitchell and Yogi Guess had two hits apiece. Mitchell took the loss.

“We hit the ball to them,” royal blue player/coach Bob Thomson said.

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