Smyrna gave up just two runs in the MTSCA single-elimination tournament on Saturday in Columbia, winning the tournament title with a 5-0 win over Columbia Academy.
It marked the first time the school had won the tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs (15-5) outscored its four opponents 20-2 in the tournament portion of the weekend.
“I think it’s tremendous for our program and where we’ve come from,” said Smyrna sixth-year coach Luke Sheppard. “We placed fourth the weekend before in the Commando Classic and that was the first time we’ve placed in a tournament that wasn’t the district since I’ve been here.”
Smyrna defeated Tullahoma 5-0, Shelbyville 5-1, Siegel 5-1 to reach the championship.
Smyrna ace Makenzie Prince (13-2) had 25 strikeouts in wins over Tullahoma, Shelbyville and Columbia Academy. Freshman Veronica Westfall had two strikeouts in the win over Siegel. It was her first outing of the year.
For the tournament, Westfall went 4-for-8, Kristen Hunsicker went 4-for-9 with a double and three RBIs, Katlyn Crumpler was 5-for-12 with two doubles and three RBIs, Kelsey Russell went 4-for-12 with three doubles and three RBIs and Ariel Hicks was 6-for-11 with a double and two RBIs.
Oakland falls to CA
The Oakland softball team fell 10-3 to Columbia Academy in the semifinals of the MTSCA tournament.
Holly Shirey had two hits, including a double, in the semifinal loss. Aubrey Crowell and Abby Sargent also hit a double. Sargent collected the loss.
Savannah Lee, Shirey and Marybeth Arnett each had two hits in the Lady Patriots’ 4-2 win over Sycamore in their tournament opener. Sargent had two RBIs in the game. Hannah McCravy struck out three and collected the win.
Oakland defeated 7-AAA rival Blackman 3-2 with Kayli Brandstetter collecting the win in the next round. Oakland scored its three runs on just three hits. Savannah Brownlee had two hits, including a homer for the Lady Blaze.