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Devilettes, UC deliver KO to Trenton

Devilettes, UC deliver KO to Trenton
Devilettes, UC deliver KO to Trenton

South Fulton turns the front end of a double play during District 14A Tournament play on Wednesday.
A 1-2 Obion County combination knocked host Trenton out of the District 14A Softball Tournament.
First, top-seeded South Fulton rocked Peabody 10-0 in five innings Wednesday, before Union City then pounded the Tidettes into submission with a 15-6 romp as the local contingent advanced to the Final 4 of the double-elimination event at Shady Acres Park.
The Devilettes (27-10) now face second-seeded Halls in the winner’s bracket championship today at 4 with the victor securing both a spot in Friday’s finals as well as spot in next week’s regional tourney.
UC, meanwhile, staved off elimination with its rout of Trenton after losing 2-0 earlier Wednesday to Halls. The Lady Tornadoes (18-13) remain in a do-or-die mode today, playing Lake County at 5:30 in a loser’s bracket semifinal and then the loser of the SF-Halls game at 7 if they win their first game.
Two Union City wins today would earn the Twister girls a spot in Friday’s finals and a berth in Monday’s regional semifinals.
Friday’s championship round is set to begin at 5 p.m., with a second game — if needed — to be played immediately following the completion of the first game.
The following is a recap of Wednesday’s games.
SF 10, Trenton 0
SF, seeking its 12th district tournament championship in the last 13 years and 16th overall in the 21-year history of the program, is a step closer to that feat after punishing Peabody.
Austin Peay signee Kayla Davidson smashed a three-run homer and drove in four runs in all with two hits, and every batter but one in the Devilette lineup collected at least one safety.
Haley McKinney’s two-run double highlighted a four-run first for South Fulton with Marina Barclay and Katie Bivens also chasing home tallies — Barclay with a ground-rule double.
Davidson, who plated a run in the third with a sacrifice fly, launched her three-run bomb as the big blow in a four-run fourth for the Big Red that officially floored the Tidette team.
Macy Maxwell’s RBI double in the fifth officially signaled a TKO for SF as the 10-run mercy rule was invoked.
Morgan Maxwell joined Davidson and McKinney as Devilette regulars with multiple hits, stroking two singles.
Freshman Sara Reams tossed a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts and two walks to gain her 10th win in 15 decisions.
SF has won two of three regular season meetings with the Lady Tigers heading into today’s showdown.
Union City 15, Trenton 6
The Lady Tornadoes pummeled Peabody with a six-spot in the first — highlighted by two-run hits from Allison Bruff and Kaitlyn Wheeles — sending 11 batters to the dish in that opening frame.
UC scored five more in the fourth, the first two runs coming on a two-run double by Olivia Arnold. Hannah Jackson, Katie Townes and Ashlyn Chism all also had RBIs in the flurry.
The Lady Twisters then finished off the beating with three runs in their final at-bat, Jackson’s run-scoring triple and a sacrifice fly by Chism being the final blows.
Both Bruff and Wheeles had three hits with the former cracking a double and the latter driving in three.
Katie Hawks pitched the first four innings to get credit for the victory, while freshman Sadie Hollis toiled the final three frames to pick up the save. Hawks, who fanned four, allowed four runs, while Hollis, who struck out one, allowed two earned runs in her relief stint.
Halls 2, Union City 0
UC was backed into a corner after dropping a close decision in the opener of Wednesday’s tripleheader.
Halls’ Laura Bell and the Lady Tornadoes’ Karly Hollis matched zeroes in a classic pitching duel except for when Bell helped her own cause by smashing a two-run home run with two outs in the Tigers’ first at-bat.
That one swing was all Bell would need as she whiffed 10, walked two and allowed Union City just three scattered singles.
Hollis was equally as dominant, also giving just three total hits and striking out seven. She walked two.
The Twisters’ best chances at breaking through vs. Bell came in the fourth and sixth innings when they put runners at first and second with one out in both frames but failed to get a key hit.
Bruff, Arnold and Paige Fisher accounted for UC’s safeties.
Jackson’s running catch of a long fly ball with two on and two out in the fifth was the locals’ defensive gem of the contest.

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