LEBANON – It took Wilson Central’s Hannah Bodenhorn two innings to settle in during Friday’s Class AAA softball sectional.
She gave up a home run in the second inning then found her groove, striking out 10 batters as the Lady Wildcats earned a state tournament berth with a 9-2 win over visiting Ravenwood.
“I was struggling a little bit,” Bodenhorn said. “It’s definitely not my best game, but thankfully my team was there to back me up.”
After Katie Eakes and Morgan Stokes each knocked in runs in the first to give Wilson Central (37-7-1) a 2-0 lead, Bodenhorn allowed a two-run home run by Autumn Ogletree to tie the score.
Bodenhorn allowed just one more hit by Ravenwood (36-12) in the final five innings.
“They just plugged away,” Ravenwood coach C.J. Pangallo said. “Unfortunately, we just couldn’t answer.”
Morgan Powell carried a large part of the offensive load for Wilson Central, knocking in four runs.
After Powell’s RBI gave Wilson Central a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second, she helped add some insurance with a three-run triple in the fourth.
“I just see the ball through the middle,” Powell said. “Every single time.”
After losing both games in last year’s state tournament, Wilson Central players feel better prepared for next week’s Spring Fling.
“I feel like this year, as far as our team goes, this year we’ve been able to win the close games,” Wilson Central coach Michael Shepard said. “Last year we struggled at the beginning then gained some confidence as we went on, but this year we’ve won a lot of the close games to give us that confidence going into the state tournament.”
Added Bodenhorn: “I think we learned a lot from last year. This year we have a lot more confidence because of how our season started, and I think that’s going to help us out a lot at state this year.”
Defending champs move on: Dickson County will get a chance to defend its Class AAA state title after blanking Mt. Juliet 5-0.
Siegel moved on with a 3-1 win over Walker Valley while Coffee County dropped a 2-1 decision to Ooltewah.
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