|Sisco won’t tip cap to umpiring crew after defeat vs. SF |
|Add another memorable chapter to the recent softball lore of South Fulton vs. Union City. |
In a game that decided the District 14A North Division championship, the Lady Twisters fell to SF 2-1 Tuesday — but not without a bit of controversy.
In the bottom of the fifth, UC’s Karly Hollis lifted what appeared to be a two-run home run over the fence that would have evened the game at 2.
However, prior to touching home plate, Union City’s Hannah Jackson — pinch running for Jade Davis after an earlier single — removed her batting helmet to join in a team celebration, prompting an out call for what was said to be a rules violation by plate umpire Don Hailey.
An obviously-upset Lady Tornado head coach Shane Sisco said he spoke with TSSAA softball umpire supervisor Darrell Lewis, who informed the Lady Twister skipper that the ruling should have been a warning instead of an out and disallowed run.
The victory by the Devilettes gave Curt Lee’s team the District 14A North Division championship, while Sisco’s squad finishes second in the sub-district.
The controversial call adds another link to the chain of disputed umpire decisions in games between the two teams.
Earlier in the season, both Sisco and paraprofessional coach Tracy Bruff were warned before the end of the second inning in the team’s 4-3 win at South Fulton.
Meanwhile, Sisco missed his team’s district title game against the Devilettes last season after being tossed in a semifinal victory against Halls.
In other prep softball action Monday, Obion Central blanked Gibson County 6-0 to seed the team fifth in the upcoming league tournament.
Today’s slate has South Fulton hosting Hickman County and Union City entertaining Trenton.
UC will face Trenton in the first round of the district tournament set for Friday, while SF is scheduled to host Humboldt.
So. Fulton 2, Union City 1
The Lady Twisters left the bags full in the bottom of the seventh frame.
Corey Anne Youree doubled to lead off the frame, with Allison McCullough drawing a walk to represent the winning run.
SF hurler Melissa Reams then mowed down Davis and Katie Towns on strikes with Hollis getting a free pass to load the bags.
UC senior Maddie Harris then popped out to the first baseman, though, to end the game.
Reams (10-2) struck out eight and allowed just four hits over the course of Monday’s triumph, while Hollis (13-6) was equally difficult to solve with four hits and six punchouts during the loss for Union City (18-13).
Offensively, for South Fulton, both runs came in the top of the third. Eighth-grader Haley McKinney chased home both of the Devilettes’ runs on a single in the frame.
For SF (17-6), Michelle Johnson (double) and Kaci Daughtery (walk) were the duo that crossed the pay station with Katie Bivens adding a double.
Central 6, Gibson Co. 0
Obion Central’s bats came alive in the team’s final District 13AA and regular season game Monday afternoon in Dyer.
The Lady Rebels (13-24) forced a three-way tie record-wise with Milan and Dyersburg with each team 5-7 in league play.
However, the Lady Bulldogs have the tiebreaker, which will push OC to fifth in the final district standings.
On Tuesday, Casey Russell had a 3-for-4 outing with a double, single and two RBI with Caroline Guy 2-for-3 with a pair of safeties and ribbies. Chelsea Hogg also drove in one for OC on a sacrifice.
Otherwise, Brooke Ferrell, Mandi McDaniel and Lindsey Rainey each reached safely once for Central during the triumph.