Three Rutherford County players earned the right to compete in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game Tuesday night.
Riverdale’s Courtney Clark and Katie Brown, along with La Vergne’s Missy Brimm, were chosen as part of the team which will represent Tennessee in the game June 28 at Western Kentucky University.
The best players from teams which were part of the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association were split into three teams and competed in a round-robin format Tuesday night at Riverdale’s Lady Warrior Field.
In addition to the Rutherford County players, others selected for the All-Star team included: Tanner Sanders of Lincoln County, Shelby Dawson of Creek Wood, Juliana Melton of Creek Wood, Mckensie Cowan of Station Camp, Jordan Griner of Lincoln County, Summer Winters of Creek Wood, Samantha Bennett of Greenbrier, Julie Layne of Coffee County, Aubrey Sensing of Creek Wood, Brittany Graves of Mount Juliet, Nike Fogle of White House, Madelyn Hill of Goodpasture, Alex Meadows of DeKalb County and Kimber Springs of Cane Ridge.
All of the players were selected based on their performances in the games played Tuesday.
“It’s a great opportunity, it’s definitely different. It’s weird when you’re playing against your teammates – but a good weird,” said Brown, who was selected as an outfielder.
“It’s fun, because the players are so skilled,” said Lipscomb Academy coach Gary Davis, the coach of Team C, who retired from coaching after the 2012 season. “It’s almost like you don’t even coach them. You just don’t see this many girls on one team with these kinds of skills. I also coached in the first one (in 2004). I remember that Jeff Breeden and Troy Smith from Lincoln County, they beat me 1-0, and they’ve never let me forget it.”
Team B defeated Team A 8-1 in the first game of the round-robin. Sanders of Lincoln County only allowed four hits to lead Team B, called “Team Barracudas.” Brimm had two of the hits for Team A, called “Team Attitude,” including a double.
“At first it was kind of overwhelming, but it’s pretty good. I like it,” said Brimm.
One of the top hitters for Team B was Riverdale’s Clark, who was 2-for-2. Sanders was 2-for-3.
“That’s awesome – especially since I’m not playing college ball,” she said about the experience. “I can have another game. I thought my last game was over with, and it’s nice to be back here.”
In the second game, Team C jumped out to a 7-0 lead over Team B in the top of the third inning, then had to hold off a late rally. Team C won 8-7.
Team C, called “The Crushers,” scored six runs in the third inning. Fogle of White House, Blackman’s Emily Morris and Madison McGill of Richland had singles, and Alex Meadows of DeKalb County smacked a two-run home run for Team C.
Team B came back with three runs in the bottom of the third and three in the bottom of the sixth.