Devilette rarity is routing of UC

Devilette rarity is routing of UC
Devilette rarity  is routing of UC

South Fulton’s Paxton Sisson follows through during Tuesday’s win over Union City.
What had been a spirited softball rivalry with several close games over the past couple of years was anything but that Tuesday.
South Fulton pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of five Union City errors in a 10-0 rout of the Lady Tornadoes at Eddlemon Hawks Field in Graham Park.
The victory for the Devilettes was one of their most lopsided in recent times vs. a UC program that had become a legitimate and natural rival of late.
On Tuesday, though, SF — a perennial rural West Tennessee power with 12 substate/sectional appearances in the past 13 years — was clearly the superior team.
Katie Bivens, Chelsie Pitts and Marina Barclay had two hits apiece for South Fulton (15-6) which erupted for six runs in the third to break a scoreless tie until that point.
Union City, meanwhile, contributed to its own demise with errors in all three innings in which the Devilettes scored.
Offensively, the Lady Tornadoes (6-8) collected just two hits — both singles by Allison Bruff.
Haley McKinney tossed the complete-game, two-hit shutout for SF.
She struck out six and walked just one, that UC’s first batter, Angela Chesteen.
Pitts reached on an infield single in the third for the first of her two safeties and later scored the winners’ first run on a wild pitch.
McKinney then helped her own cause with a RBI triple before Kayla Davidson lofted a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 South Fulton lead.
Bivens and Macy Maxwell added RBI hits later in the frame with the other tally in the six-run uprising coming home via a Union City error.
Barclay smacked a run-scoring double and both Bivens and Pitts recorded RBI hits in the fifth when SF built its lead to 9-0.
Paxton Sisson’s double in the seventh set up the final run of the contest.
Union City, which did hit a handful of balls on the nose — but right at Devilette defenders — put runners in scoring position in the first, fourth and sixth innings.
Chesteen reached third base in the opening frame. Paige Fisher, who got aboard when her fly ball went off the SF left fielder’s glove for two bases, got to third and Bruff to second in the fourth — but no further.
The Lady Twisters also put two aboard in the sixth but couldn’t push a run across.
Karly Hollis was charged with the pitching loss after being touched for SF’s six-run frame. She was relieved in the third by Katie Hawks, who finished up.
Both teams will next play again on Friday when they participate in the annual Maddie Memorial Tournament in Martin, hosted by Westview.
Friday pool play has South Fulton against Milan at 5:50 and Graves Co. at 8:30.
Union City battles Murray at 4:30 Friday. The Lady Twisters also take to the field against South Gibson at 7:10.
Saturday pool play has South Fulton against Huntingdon at 9 a.m. and Union City versus Carlisle County at the same time.
UC plays Dyer County at 1:30 in the first round of the tourney. SF opens at 1:30 with Gleason.

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