MURFREESBORO — The Lexington softball team showed again that there is no quit in this team.
After losing on the first day of the tournament, the Lady Tigers won their fifth straight game to force a second Class AA state championship game. Lexington beat Greeneville 7-2 in the first championship game.
“There is no doubt that was the difference,” Lexington coach Ronnie Burke said about his team getting hits this time off of Greeneville pitcher Jordan Fortel. “She is a great pitcher, but we showed that you have to put the ball in play because the defense can be shaky.”
Lexington (45-7) lost to Greeneville 5-1 in the first game of the tournament. The two will meet again at 6 p.m. in a winner-take-all championship.
With the game tied 1-1, Lexington scored five runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-1 lead. The rally was aided by four Greeneville errors.
Alaina Moore started the rally with an RBI single and Sam McDaniel followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Lady Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Freshman Kaitlyn Kelley came up next, and her ball hit to shortstop was bobbled to allow two runs to score, and Kelley then scored on the same play on a second error.
Iesha Kizer hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning for one more run.
Both of Greeneville’s runs were scored by Fortel on solo home runs in the third and the sixth innings.
Lexington freshman Brylie Brown improved to 18-0, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking none.
“Those home runs were my fault,” Burke said. “Brylie hit her spots, and we are going to ride her until they hit her.”
Meghan Maness was the only Lady Tiger batter with two hits.
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