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McKinney stamp delivers SF a win over Lady Rebels

McKinney stamp delivers SF a win over Lady Rebels
McKinney stamp delivers SF a win over Lady Rebels

Obion Central’s Autumn Yates look to first base after forcing out South Fulton courtesy runner Sam Murray.
South Fulton’s 2-1 softball victory over Obion Central Tuesday had Haley McKinney’s name all over it.
McKinney fanned six and drove in both the Devilettes’ runs in helping SF to its sixth straight victory and 11th overall in 13 games.
South Fulton is unbeaten this spring against teams from Tennessee, its only losses to Kentucky entries Livingston Central and Lone Oak in a weekend tournament earlier in the year.
Obion Central fell to 11-6 with the hard-luck loss.
In the only other game involving a local team from Tuesday, Union City fell for the second time in three games in the Beach Bash in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., dropping an 8-4 decision to Corbin (Ky.)
UC is slated to complete its tournament schedule in the tourney with two games today against Kentucky entries Washington County and Campbellsville.
South Fulton 2, OC 1
McKinney’s two-out double to left-center on a play in which OC outfielders Liesel Grossner and Brooke Ferrell collided, chased home Chelsie Pitts and Kaci Daugherty in the fifth for the victors.
Morgan Maxwell had reached with one out when her seemingly-harmless infield popup dropped for a hit. Courtesy runner Sam Murray was forced at second when Pitts’ fly ball to left was dropped before Daugherty then reached on her second infield hit of the contest.
McKinney followed with a ringing two-bagger that was headed for the gap before being stopped deep in the outfield by Grossner and Ferrell, who ran together in the process. Daugherty raced home all the way from first base on the play though, with the deciding run.
Central had scored the game’s only other tally in the fourth.
Olivia Grady reached on an infield single, was bunted to second by Kayla Bramlett, and went to third on McKinney’s wild pitch. After Grossner was caught looking for the second out of the frame, Brooke Ferrell came through with a clutch two-out RBI single that gave OC a brief lead.
McKinney, who retired six straight to end the game, improved to 5-1 with the pitching victory. She walked two and gave up five hits.
SF centerfielder Katie Bivens ended the contest with a spectacular diving catch of a screaming line drive off the bat of the Rebelettes’ Leann Staser in left-center. Bivens left her feet with her back to the infield to snag what had all the makings of an extra-base hit and a possible Central rally.
Meaghen Strayhorn was charged with the mound loss, despite pitching well and going the distance. She fanned five, walked two and gave up five hits.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday, South Fulton at home vs. Halls in a 5 o’clock game, and Obion Central at Milan for a 7 p.m. tilt.
SF will then participate in the Covington Invitational this weekend.
Corbin 8, Union City 4
Lady Twister senior Karly Hollis was the losing pitcher on Tuesday against the Kentucky opposition.
Offensively, Olivia Arnold was the only UC standout reported to The Messenger.
Arnold was a perfect 4-for-4 against Corbin.
The Tornado girls are 4-7 heading into today’s twinbill.

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