|Eaves’ best offering not enough for OC |
Obion Central pitcher Kacee Eaves had a pitching line that read like that of a winner in her team’s 2-0 loss to No. 1 seed Westview Monday night.
Obion Central’s Olivia Grady steps over Westview’s Emily Belote after a force out during the Lady Rebels’ loss Monday.
Eaves allowed just four hits and five walks with three strikeouts over six innings of work during Monday’s defeat in Troy.
However, one bad inning proved to be enough to send the Lady Rebels (14-25) into the loser’s bracket of the District 13AA Tournament, where the county locals will face Dyersburg tonight at 7 in Troy.
Today’s other game will feature Gibson County and Milan in loser’s bracket action with the winner facing either OC or D’burg on Wednesday.
In other action Monday at Troy, Crockett County advanced to the winner’s bracket final after a 5-2 triumph over Gibson County.
Meanwhile, Dyersburg eliminated Dyer Couny 5-4 in loser’s bracket action.
On Monday, Eaves was nearly flawless through five innings with just three hits and a pair of walks allowed.
Yet, in the bottom of the sixth, Westview’s Kelly Gaston drew a leadoff walk.
Gaston was thrown out stealing by catcher Lauren Robertson and it appeared that the Lady Rebels might escape the inning unscathed.
However, Emily Belote then drew a free pass with Sam Giesler reaching on a ground ball that went under the glove of Central shortstop Kirstie Thetford.
Giesler ended up at second thanks to the error with Belote at third and Union University-signee Carmesha Owens stepping into the batter’s box.
OC elected to walk Owens intentionally and load the bags for Ashley Bynum.
With the infield playing in for fear of a squeeze play attempt, Bynum poked a bouncing ball past third baseman Amber Victory that allowed Giesler and Belote to score.
“When you have two good pitchers and good defense like we had in this game, it all is going to come down to who blinks first,” Central softball coach Tommy Victory explained after the game. “We let one ball get under a glove — which was by a girl who is usually solid in the field — and that was what decided this ball game.
“Defensively, we did have some great plays, though, with Liesel Grossner hauling in a pair of great catches in right field that resulted in a pair of unconventional double plays.”
For the Lady Rebels, Eaves tripled with Olivia Grady good for a double during the tournament defeat.
Eaves’ first-inning triple represented OC’s best chance to score with courtesy runner Chelsea Hogg later tagged out at the plate.
Grady’s double came with two outs in the seventh with Lauren Robertson popping out to end the game.
On the mound for Westview, freshman Shaylon Robb got the win with 10 strikeouts and just two hits allowed over the complete seven frames.
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