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WHS uses big inning to bury Ripley, drops close one to Covington

WHS uses big inning to bury Ripley, drops close one to Covington
WHS uses big inning to bury Ripley, drops close one to Covington | Westview Lady Chargers, softball, Kelly Gaston, Ripley Lady Tigers, Leslie Smith Covington Lady Chargers, District 13-AA softball tourney, Ashley Bynum, Autumn Glenn, Shaylon Robb

The race is on — Westview’s Kelly Gaston races up the line while Ripley third baseman Leslie Smith tries to throw her out during the Lady Chargers’ 6-0 win to open the District 13-AA tourney. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The Westview Lady Chargers’ bid to make a fourth consecutive trip to Spring Fling started off well but hit a bump in the road in its first two games in the District 13-AA Tournament held in Brownsville.
On Friday, the Lady Chargers used five-run outburst and the pitching of Shaylon Robb to defeat the Ripley Lady Tigers, 6-0.
Westview didn’t get a chance to build a postseason winning streak when the Covington Lady Chargers knocked Westview into the losers’ bracket with a 3-2 win on Saturday.
The Blue and Gold must now win its next game with Dyersburg’s Lady Trojans at 5 this afternoon (Tuesday). Dyersburg fell to Crockett County, 3-1, in its tourney opener and defeated Gibson County, 11-1, in its first losers’ bracket contest.
Covington is no stranger to Westview. The two teams have squared off in the regional championship the past three seasons but now have to face each other in the district tournament due to realignments by the TSSAA.
Westview took advantage of early wildness by CHS pitcher Autumn Glenn in their most recent meeting. Glenn walked Kelly Gaston and allowed her to advance to second and third on two wild pitches. Glenn then walked Kayla Guthrie. Gaston scored on a RBI single by Ashley Bynum, and Guthrie touched home on Shaylon Robb’s grounder for a 2-0 lead. The Lady Chargers managed only four more baserunners the rest of the game.
Covington got a run back in the bottom of the second thanks to a leadoff double by Bailey Morgan. She scored on a groundout for a 2-1 score.
Glenn settled down and struck out five consecutive Westview batters.
The game’s final two runs came in the third. Covington’s CJ Browder doubled and scored on a groundout. Sarah Cousar reached on an error and scored on a second WHS error for a 3-2 lead that was ultimately the final score.
Mckenzie Norris had the only other Westview hit.
Against Ripley, Westview stranded a pair of runners in both the first and third innings before breaking through with clutch hits in the fourth inning.
Robb reached on an error, stole second and scored on Mary Kirk Mesimer’s single down the third base line. Katelyn Bowen drew the first of four walks issued to the Lady Chargers in the inning. Alex Hughey came through with a RBI single and Bynum drove in two runs with a single to center in the key inning.
Robb got the mound win, striking out 14, walking two and allowing three hits.

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