Central makes most of chances vs. UC

Central makes most of chances vs. UC
Central makes most of chances vs. UC

Obion Central’s Ali McEwen catches the softball as Kaitlyn Wheeles steals second.
Obion Central made the most of its opportunities.
Union City didn’t.
The Lady Rebels scored four times in the second inning to force UC to play catch-up the rest of the way in a 7-6 triumph in Troy on Thursday night.
All totaled, the Lady Twisters stranded 11 runners and left a pair on in four of the seven frames.
UC gave its county cousin openings with eight walks and three errors.
Meanwhile, Obion Central led 4-1 after two innings and stayed ahead until the top of the sixth, when Union City tied the game at 6.
The Lady Rebels put the winning run across the dish in the bottom half of the frame.
Other softball action on Thursday had South Fulton twice a victor in its season-opening doubleheader against Bradford.
Haley McKinney spun a no-hitter in Game 1’s 10-0 shutout, while the locals prevailed by a 14-3 count in the second game.
Both games only lasted three innings due to the 10-run mercy rule in a five-frame game.
Today’s softball slate (weather permitting) has SF at Union City.
The following is a roundup of Thursday evening’s contests as reported to The Messenger.
OC 7, UC 6
Central’s Madi Bell led her team with a perfect 4-for-4 outing that included a double and two runs batted in.
Teammates Payton Robertson and Meaghen Strayhorn also drove in a pair each with the former finishing 3-for-4 and the latter having one hit in three trips to the plate.
Leann Staser also smacked a two-bagger for the Lady Rebels (8-3).
Macy Allison was the winning pitcher, while Brittany Parker absorbed the mound defeat.
Offensively, Parker doubled and drove in a pair, while Kaitlyn Wheeles and Angela Chesteen each had a pair of safeties for Union City (2-2).
One of Wheeles’ hits was a two-bagger.
The Obion Central girls go to Dyersburg on Monday for a District 13AA showdown.
SF 10-14, Bradford 0-3
McKinney, who assisted her mound cause with a double and ribbie, struck out a dozen and faced just 12 hitters during the opening game win.
Marina Barclay smacked a home run and was a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI.
Paxton Sisson was also unblemished offensively with a 2-for-2 outing that included two doubles and a pair of runs batted in.
Additionally, Morgan Maxwell and Kaci Daugherty had two hits each for the Devilettes.
In the nightcap, Sara Reams tossed the first frame to get the victory, while Desiray Sturgeon struck out five in two innings of relief.
Sturgeon earned a save despite the lopsided score as she entered the game with SF ahead by a 4-2 margin.
Chelsie Pitts was 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Allison Stem doubled and chased in a pair.
McKinney also doubled during the second game of the twinbill.

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