Wilson Central run-rules Collierville
Collierville scored first against Wilson Central in the opening round of the Class AAA softball tournament Tuesday night.
But it never got close to scoring again as the Lady Wildcats overcame an early deficit to come from behind and rout the Lady Dragons 11-1 in five innings to earn the mercy-rule win.
“When their first hitter hits the ball off the fence I was like, ‘That was their leadoff hitter?'” Wilson Central coach Mike Shepard said. “But my pitcher was able to settle down after that and our offense just came out and took care of business.”
The win advanced Wilson Central to the winners bracket semifinals where it will play Siegel at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Five different Wilson County players – Claire Smith, Morgan Powell, Kayla Varner, Shelby Woodard and Lily Bombard – recorded two hits in the victory.
Wade, Siegel walk off with win over Hardin Valley
When Siegel designated hitter Eleiyah Wade fell behind 0-2 in the count in the bottom of 10th inning against Hardin Valley, she thought her at-bat would end quickly.
Thankfully for the Lady Stars, she was wrong.
After battling back to get the count to 2-2, Wade laced a single to right field that scored the game-winning run by pinch runner Brittany Hall to secure a 3-2 extra-inning, walk-off win for Siegel in Class AAA.
“I thought I was going to strike out at first,” Wade said. “Then I calmed down a little bit and knew I just needed a base hit. So, I just tried to put the ball in play.”
The Lady Stars will play Wilson Central at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday with a berth in the winner’s bracket final on the line.
Friendship Christian knocks off Davidson Academy in DII-A
Friendship Christian finished in fourth place in the Division II Class A East/Middle softball region, but it was the Lady Commanders who captured the first win in the state tournament.
Friendship Christian combined strong pitching with a three-run sixth inning to take home a 4-1 victory against East/Middle region champion Davidson Academy Tuesday evening.
The Lady Commanders advance to the winner’s bracket finals where they will face the winner of Wednesday’s Ezell-Harding vs. King’s Academy game on Thursday at 10 a.m.
“Courtney Petty threw an unbelievable game for us and you’ve got to have that this time of year,” Friendship Christian coach Jody Atwood said. “She’s been our horse all year and she’s just one of the bulldogs that wants the ball.”
King belts Forrest past Meigs County
Samantha King finished just a triple short of the cycle and single-handedly matched the output of Meigs County Tuesday to give Forrest an 8-3 win in Class A.
The sophomore finished 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a home run and knocked in three to help propel Forrest to an 8-3 win.
DeKalb County falls to Meigs
Chattanooga Central defeated DeKalb County 8-3 in Class AA.
Brooke Parrott earned the win for the Lady Pounders, as Kayley Caplinger took the loss for the Tigerettes.
Caplinger finished 1-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and a run scored for DeKalb County, which managed just one run in the first, fifth and seventh innings.
DeKalb County (27-7) will play South Gibson (18-12) in an elimination game at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
East Robertson shut out by Marion Co.
East Robertson couldn’t shake off early jitters and was shut out by Marion County 5-0 in Class A.
“We just came in today really tight,” East Robertson coach Kevin Evans. “We missed three signs today, made a few base running errors and when we did hit it, it was right at them; it just wasn’t our day.”
Marion County pitcher, Erica O’Kane, got the win, striking out seven and scattering six hits in the complete-game effort.
Val Seay got the start for East Robertson and lasted just four innings before, striking out two and issuing a pair of walks. All five earned runs were credited to her.
Creek Wood edges South Gibson
Creek Wood edged South Gibson 7-6 in Class AA.
The Lady Red Hawks advance to play the 4 p.m. winner’s bracket game against Chattanooga Christian Wednesday while South Gibson slips to the lower bracket and plays the 10 a.m. game vs. DeKalb County.
Both teams lit up the scoreboard early, with the two combining for three home runs in the first inning.
South Gibson took a 3-0 lead in the first but Creek Wood responded.
Down 3-0 in the first, Creek Wood got a two-run home run by Samantha Davenport. Braressa Deloach tied the game with a run-scoring double to score Beckey Melton and then a sacrifice hit by Sloan Batey gave the Lady Red Hawks the lead.