|Mother Nature messes with Westview mo’ |
|Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 3:13 pm |
Unlike the postman who is undeterred by rain, sleet, snow and hail, the Westview Lady Chargers were derailed by a rain delay.
Down and ready — Westview first baseman Alex Hughey (left) and third baseman Ashley Bynum get in position to field their positions while senior pitcher Shanna Chappell goes through her motion to the plate during the Lady Chargers’ 3-2 loss to Camden.
The Lady Chargers had just grabbed the momentum when a one-hour break due to a thunder storm disrupted the action in their 3-2 loss to the Camden Lady Lions Wednesday afternoon in the TSSAA Class AA softball state tournament Wednesday afternoon in Murfreesboro.
Following the break in play, Camden (38-6) regained its focus and soon after plated the winner.
“We had the momentum. It took something out of us. The rain was a momentum shifter,” Westview head coach J.B. Suiter said.
After trailing 2-0, the Lady Chargers (29-15) had just tied the contest when tournament officials sent everyone out of the park and into their vehicles due to a rapidly approaching storm.
Trailing 2-0 due to a first-inning, two-run blast over the right field fence by Camden’s Amanda Brandenburg, the Lady Chargers forged a tie in the top of the sixth when the rain arrived and forced a pause in the action.
Westview got on the scoreboard in the visitors’ half of the sixth when Kayla Guthrie opened the at-bat by slapping a single into right field. Jenna Hazelwood pushed her to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Brandenburg, who was also the starting pitcher for the Lady Lions, walked Ashley Bynum to put the tying run on first base. Suiter opted to use Holly Morris as a pinch runner for Bynum. After a groundout by Shaylon Robb moved both runners up a bag, Mckenzie Norris ripped a single up the middle to plate both runners and knot the score at 2-all. Brandenburg fielded a grounder for the third out to end the inning.
With the score now knotted at 2-2, Westview starter Shanna Chappell gave up a leadoff single to the gap in left center by Torri Hensley. Almost immediately after, an announcement from the public address system ordered everyone in the park to return to their vehicle until the storm passed.
After a 45-minute rain delay and a 15-minute warm-up, play resumed almost exactly an hour later.
Suiter opted to switch pitchers, bringing Robb to the mound in relief of Chappell. Robb notched two strikeouts and a fielder’s choice to send action into the seventh inning with the score still tied at 2-2.
The Lady Chargers went down in order in their half of the seventh inning.
In the final at-but of the contest, Robb issued a leadoff walk to Kelley. Heather Capps then stroked a ground-rule double to right that advanced Kelley to third base.
With the potential winning run on third base, Camden’s Shelby Evans hit a nubber down the third base line. Westview’s Ashley Bynum fielded the grounder, but Kelley beat her throw to the plate and scored the winning run.
The Lady Chargers next face Chattanooga Central, which advanced deeper in the losers’ bracket with a 5-2 win over Greenbrier on Wednesday morning.
The Lady Chargers squandered a chance to take an early lead when Kelly Gaston singled to begin the game. However, she missed a chance to advance to second on a change-up and Guthrie didn’t get a bunt down. The pop up off Guthrie’s bat resulted in a double play, erasing any WHS hope of grabbing an edge.
Camden’s Brandenburg helped her own cause in the second inning, bringing Evans, who singled, across the plate with her homer.
The Lady Chargers threatened in the fifth inning after Chappell doubled with one out. However, courtesy runner Maddison Henderson was tagged out trying to advance on a grounder setting the stage for Camden’s seventh-inning heroics.