|Lady Chargers retain district crown |
Last spring, the Westview Lady Chargers ended a 12-year drought between district championships.
Out — Westview second baseman Jenna Hazelwood sends a throw to teammate Ashley Bynum for an easy out at first base during the championship game of the District 13-AA Softball Tournament Friday.
The Lady Chargers didn’t have to wait nearly as long for another title this time, earning back-to-back District 13-AA crowns with a win over the Milan Lady Bulldogs on Friday in Troy.
The 2008 Westview championship didn’t come without a fight from Milan. The Lady Bulldogs lost their first tourney game and had to battle through the losers’ bracket to reach the finals on Friday.
Against the Lady Chargers, Milan pulled off a seventh-inning rally for a 5-2 win, forcing a second game between the two teams. In the following game, Westview’s dominant pitching proved to be the difference as the Lady Chargers earned a 9-2 victory and with that win their second consecutive district title.
While Westview has the luxury of two talented young pitchers — Shanna Chappell and Shaylon Robb — Milan, due to an injury, was forced to start the same pitcher in both games. Milan starter Alex Williams eventually wore down in the second game and the Lady Charger bats began to ring out hits.
Defensive miscues by Milan also cost the Lady Bulldogs. In the bottom of the first inning in the second game, Emily Belote reached on a slap bunt, and Carmesha Owens reached safely on an error. Ashley Bynum, who has been swinging a hot bat of late, drove in both runs with a solid single to center field for a 2-0 Westview cushion.
Milan cut that lead in half thanks to WHS fielding errors. However, the Lady Chargers maintained their lead when Chappell fielded a hot smash, faked a throw to first and fired home to catcher Caitlyn Landry for the out. Chappell stranded another runner at third base to maintain her team’s 2-1 lead.
As Williams tired, Westview blew the game open with four runs in the third inning. Jenna Hazelwood had a two-run single, driving in both Owens and Robb in the WHS at-bat for a 6-1 Lady Chargers advantage.
A double and two singles allowed Milan to plate a run in the fourth. It was the last Lady Bulldog run of the tournament as Westview went on to take the 9-2 victory.
In the first game, the Lady Chargers plated a pair of runs in the fifth to gain a 2-1 lead.
Milan retaliated in its final at-bat with four runs. Williams ripped a bases-loaded double for the big blow in the seventh as MHS rallied for the 5-2 win.
Lady Chargers wait until late
to stop OC in tourney debut
The Obion County Central Lady Rebels got a pair of extra base hits of Lady Charger starting pitcher Shaylon Robb.
Fortunately for Westview, the Lady Rebels’ long base knocks — their only hits — were separated by five-plus innings and led to no runs in the Lady Chargers’ 2-0 win in the District 13-AA tourney Monday night in Troy.
Robb gave up a first-inning, one-out triple to Kacee Eaves. The Lady Chargers worked out of the jam when courtesy runner Chelsea Hogg was thrown out at the plate on a groundout.
Westview’s freshman right-hander retired the next 17 Lady Rebels in order. For the game, Robb struck out 10 without allowing a walk or hitting a batter over seven innings.
The Lady Charger offense was also held in check. Caitlyn Landry singled in the third. Ashley Bynum singled in the fourth, and McKenzie Norris doubled in the fifth, but all three base runners were stranded.
Finally in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Chargers got to Eaves, OC’s starting pitcher. Emily Belote drew a one-out walk and raced to third on Sam Giesler’s shot to shortstop which got through due to an error. Giesler advanced to second on the misplay. OC opted to intentionally walk Carmesha Owens. With the bags full and the infield defenders drawn in, Bynum drilled a bouncer past third to plate Belote and Giesler for a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Robb allowed a two-out double, but a popup to Owens ended the game for a 2-0 Westview win.
The Lady Chargers advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals where they defeated Gibson County 10-0 to advance to the championship game on Friday at Troy.