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Robb gem advances Westview softball

Robb gem advances Westview softball
Robb gem advances Westview softball | Westview Lady Chargers softball, District 13-AA, Shaylon Robb, Katelyn Bowen

Runner-up — The Westview Lady Chargers finished as the runner-up in District 13-AA and earned the right to advance to the Region 7-AA Softball Tournament during action last Thursday night in Brownsville. Photo by Sara Reid
In an extra-innings pitching duel, the Westview Lady Chargers snuck past Crockett County in a must-win game, but ran out of gas against Covington to finish as the District 13-AA runner-up this past Thursday night in Brownsville.
With Westview’s Shaylon Robb and Crockett County’s Brooke Privett in complete control from the pitcher’s circle, the semifinal game needed 10 innings to be decided, but a RBI triple from Katelyn Bowen sealed a 1-0 win for the Lady Chargers. Moving on to face a well-rested group of Covington Lady Chargers, Westview had no answer for the onslaught of offense and fell in six innings, 12-2, to take second place in the district.
The win advanced WHS to the Region 7-AA semifinals where it faced the host Lexington Lady Tigers on Monday night.
Robb collected three strikeouts in the bottom of the first inning and, though it looked like the junior hurler would dictate the outcome of the contest, Crockett County was ready to match the challenge. Privett sat down two in the second and the Lady Chargers stranded a runner, but Robb matched Privett with a pair of Ks to end the second.
Privett struck out a pair to start the third. Robb got a strikeout, but had to work a little harder to get out a pinch. Robb left two Lady Cavaliers on base when the third ended.
Robb struck out two in a scoreless fourth. Westview had the Lady Cavaliers’ fans sweating in the top of the fifth as the Lady Chargers loaded the bases. The Lady Cavs escaped to keep the game scoreless. In the Crockett at-bat, Robb struck out two to end the fifth.
The sixth inning featured more defense and more strikeouts.
In the seventh, Westview’s Mckenzie Norris knocked a bloop single, Mary Kirk Mesimer bunted to send Norris to second and Bowen grounded out to get Norris to third, but Shanna Chappell struck out to end the WHS at-bat. Privett and Maggie Hurt popped up and Chelsey Harris grounded out against Robb to send the game into extra innings.
It was three up and three down for both teams in the eighth and the ninth, Robb found herself in a rare jam with the bases loaded and one out, but she escaped with a whiff and a groundout to end the inning.
In the top of the 10th, international tiebreaker rules were put into effect. Westview’s Maddison Henderson started on second base. Mesimer bunted to advance her to third and Bowen tripled to bring home the run. Bowen attempted to score on a Chappell bunt, but was tagged out at the plate. For the Lady Cavs, Bianca Wheeler grounded out and Robb picked up her 16th and 17th strikeouts to end the contest with a 1-0 win for the Lady Chargers. The right-hander allowed just one walk and three hits in the win.
After the marathon game, Westview had to turn around and face a rested group from Covington whose bats were hot from the get go.
For the WHS offense, Kelly Gaston led off with a walk, but Covington pitcher Autumn Glenn left Gaston on base. On offense, Covington recorded back-to-back home runs from C.J. Browder and Sarah Elizabeth Cousar and a bloop that fell in for a RBI to lead 3-0 after one.
Glenn forced three straight pop-ups in the top of the second, but Chappell picked up two strikeouts and kept the Lady Chargers off the scoreboard.
Gaston bunted safely to start the third and came in to score on a Jenna Hazelwood hit to cut the lead to 3-1.
Covington scored in bunches in the fourth, however, and highlighted by two home runs from Gabby Glenn and Bailey Morgan, the lead increased to 9-1.
Westview’s Kayla Guthrie drove in a run in the fifth, but Covington scored three more and ended the contest early by running away with the district crown, 12-2.

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