|There was no surprise ending at the Obion County School System’s 2nd annual middle school softball championship on Saturday. |
Defending champion and top-seeded South Fulton blanked Lake Road 6-0 in the finale behind a one-hit mound performance by Hailey McKinney en route to the OCSS softball crown.
In Saturday’s championship game held at Obion County Central High School, McKinney struck out nine with no walks allowed for the victors.
“I think we’ve played very hard defensively this year and when we have been able to put the bat on the ball as we did today, we’ve won,” South Fulton skipper Curt Lee said. “We’ve had great pitching as evidenced by this outing and I’m looking forward to coaching some of these girls in high school this spring.”
SF’s lone blemish of its 20-1 2007 campaign came at the hands of Lake Road Sept. 15 during a tournament at Lake County.
However, McKinney’s stellar mound performance and the SF sticks made sure that LR did not repeat its earlier upset Saturday afternoon.
“Our one loss came when we didn’t hit the ball particularly well I think,” Lee said. “We put together a good offensive effort today behind some strong pitching and we came out on top.”
In the title game, Kaci Daugherty was a perfect 3-for-3 with McKinney assisting her mound cause with a pair of safeties.
Macy Maxwell and Savannah Larson recorded two safeties for the Devilettes while Jennifer Allen and Sara Reams reached with a lone single each.
For Lake Road (18-6), Laura Beth Shelton, McKenna Stephenson and Payton Robertson all reached base once in the loss.
Robertson swiped two bases for the Lady Generals in the championship game.
On the hill, Macy Allison pitched a complete game with two strikeouts in the losing effort.
“Despite the loss, I’m very proud of our girls and I feel that we have established a solid foundation for our program,” LR skipper Kenthia Revell said. “They all put in an immense amount of hard work this season and for that I am thankful.”
The following is a roundup of other games from the tournament held at OCCHS as reported to The Messenger by school officials and coaches.
South Fulton 17, Black Oak 0
Every SF starter recorded a hit as the Devilettes won a berth into the finale with a three-inning shellacking of the Lady Eagles in the semifinals.
Winning pitcher Taylor Archie struck out six with one hit allowed in a game that was shortened to three innings due to the 15-run mercy rule.
McKinney and Maxwell each contributed 3-for-4 games for the victors.
Meanwhile, Daugherty, Larson and Marina Barclay all turned in 2-for-4 outings.
Reams singled twice for SF in the victory with Lexi Johnson and Allen each tacking on one single each.
For Black Oak, losing pitcher Chelsie Pitts and Calli Johnson both reached in the team’s final game of the season.
Lake Road 8, Ridgemont 1
The Lady Generals advanced to the finals behind a seven strikeout performance by Allison in the victory over the third-seeded Lady Mustangs.
Alex Wilson and Allison each crossed the pay station twice for the victors.
Shelton, Brandi Goodman, Brittney Dodd and Charity Howard contributed one run scored apiece for the victorious Lady Generals.
For Ridgemont, Macy McClure tallied a pair of safeties with the lone run batted in during the downfall.
Payton Daniels reached twice off a double and walk.
Emily Pickard, Kelley Wherr and Madilyn Hamilton each reached once in the loss.
Kayla Bramlett absorbed the mound loss with five strikeouts and five walks for R’mont.
Black Oak 7, Hillcrest 0
Pitts assisted her own mound cause with a perfect 3-for-3 outing, four runs batted in and two runs scored during BO’s play-in game triumph over the Lady Cougars.
Johnson matched her teammate’s perfection at the plate with two runs scored during a 3-for-3 effort.
Meanwhile, Teresa Readenour smacked a solo round tripper for the Lady Eagles.
Olivia Ferguson scored once in Black Oak’s play-in game victory.
Hillcrest was paced at the dish by Macey McKenzie and Ashlyn Runions with
1-for-2 afternoons in the loss.
Losing pitcher Juliane Albright had two punchouts for the Lady Cougars.