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Devilettes have all local bragging rights

Devilettes have all local bragging rights
Devilettes have all local bragging rights

South Fultons Haley McKinney
Though there’s no crown that goes with such designation, South Fulton has earned the title of Obion County Softball Champions. The Devilettes completed a season sweep of county rivals Obion Central and Union City, beating OC 7-4 Tuesday night at Troy. SF, now 23-9 overall and winners of six straight, has beaten both Central and UC twice each as part of that mark this spring. In the latest of those triumphs, South Fulton had to rally from a 3-0 deficit and some sloppy early play, but did so by pounding out 14 hits — five for extra bases. Katie Bivens and Macy Maxwell had three hits each and drove in three runs for the Devilettes, who scored a trio of runs in both the second and third innings to climb out of an early hole. Bivens doubled twice and had an RBI with each of her safeties, while Maxwell chased home the tying tally with a two-run single in the second. Haley McKinney and Paxton Sisson also smacked three hits each for SF, both stroking a double among those base knocks. Kayla Davidson’s solo home run over the centerfield fence in the third inning broke a 3-all deadlock and put the Big Red up for good. Oliva Grady had two of Central’s eight hits and one of two doubles for the Lady Rebs (18-11-1). OC jumped in front early and without hitting the ball out of the infield as it loaded the bases on a hit batsman, an error and Grady’s infield single. Liesel Grossner then raced home on a McKinney wild pitch before the Devilettes ever recorded an out. Meaghen Strayhorn’s two-out, two-run single then made it 3-0. Central didn’t score again until its last at-bat when Grossner’s groundout plated Maddie Bell, who had doubled. The Lady Rebels’ best chance at rallying was silenced in the sixth when Strayhorn smoked a bases-loaded line drive to centerfield that SF’s Bivens snagged and turned into a double play. McKinney settled down after a rough beginning and picked up her 13th mound victory in 18 decision this season. She had just two strikeouts, but did not walk a batter and allowed just the one earned run. Emily Taylor was tagged with the pitching loss for OC, fanning two and giving up 12 hits before being relieved by Strayhorn with one out in the fifth. Both teams will take today off, Obion Central resuming play Thursday with an important District 13AA game at Dyersburg. South Fulton has a showdown at Halls on Friday, with the District 14A regular season championship at stake. In other prep softball action of local note from Tuesday, Union City battered Humboldt twice in a doubleheader. The Lady Twisters won 24-0 in Game 1 and 11-0 in the second contest. Today, UC hosts Lake County for a doubleheader. UC 24-11, Humboldt 0-0 Olivia Arnold doubled twice and drove in five runs during the Game 1 romp. Winning pitcher Katie Hawks assisted her mound cause with three hits — a double included — and four RBI, while Taylor Hargrove singled three times and drove in a trio. Otherwise, Hannah Jackson, Katie Townes and Kaitlyn Wheeles each had two ribbies, while Allison Bruff chased one in. On the mound, Hawks struck out three en route to the victory. In the second game, Claire Jackson and Hargrove both had two RBI. Hargrove and Aranda Tate each doubled. Otherwise, Wheeles, Angela Chesteen and Heather Gilliland all drove in one. Winning pitcher Sadie Hollis struck out five. Townes had one punchout in relief.

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