GREENBRIER The White House High School softball team extended its season by breaking out its big bats.
The Lady Devils hit three home runs, eliminating Westmoreland from the District 9-AA Tournament with Wednesday evening’s 7-2 win at Greenbrier High School.
“It’s tournament time,” White House senior shortstop Savannah Fuston said. “Every year, tournament time is our game time. This is our go time.
“From our freshman year, the first day of practice, Coach (Cindy Towers) says, ‘we’re working for district (tournament).’”
Fuston hit back-to-back home runs along with junior teammate Stephanie Palmer during the seventh inning, after freshman Mallory Gut hit a two-run home run in the sixth.
“It’s definitely the best feeling in the world to see your babies (underclassmen) do that,” Fuston said. “Mallory has been wanting that all year long.
“We don’t get out there to hit home runs. We get out there to get a base hit.”
Lady Devil senior Madisen Adkins sparked a three-run first inning by leading off the game with a double. After Akins scored on a throwing error, junior Katy Gut singled in Palmer and sophomore Erica Moore.
Lady Eagle senior Addie Morris drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and scored on classmate Haley Hall’s groundout. Then, Westmoreland junior Kiersten Powell singled and scored on a sixth-inning error.
The Lady Eagles (10-18) managed just six hits off of Adkins, who struck out eight hitters in the complete-game effort.
“We have hit the past couple of days (in a 4-2 win over Harpeth and an 11-8 win over Cheatham County on Tuesday),” Westmoreland head coach Kyla White – whose squad suffered losses of 4-2 and 3-1 to White House during the regular season – said. “We left the bases loaded (in the fourth inning). We just couldn’t string anything together.”
The Lady Eagles lose three seniors – Hall, Morris and Tiffany Wheeley.
Reach Craig Harris at email@example.com or at 615-575-7138. Follow him on Twitter @HarrisGNESports.
White House 300 002 2 – 7 9 3
Westmoreland 100 000 1 – 2 6 3
Madisen Adkins and Copelynne Whitaker; Kendell Goodrum and Addie Morris. WP – Adkins (16-8). LP – Goodrum. Home runs: White House – Mallory Gut (2), Stephanie Palmer (2), Savannah Fuston (7). Records: White House 23-18, Westmoreland 10-18.