|Usual SF spot taken by UC |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:11 pm |
Union City’s Karly Hollis pitches during Tuesday’s game against South Fulton.
The Union City and South Fulton softball teams essentially switched places on Tuesday.
The Lady Twisters blanked SF 2-0 in the winner’s bracket finals at the District 14A Tournament.
The Devilettes — winners of the last four District 14A crowns — now have to beat Halls on Thursday at 5 to earn a another shot at UC, a chance for the league title and a regional berth. If SF wins vs. the Lady Tigers, it will take on Union City in Game 1 of the championship round in Thursday’s second contest.
With the win, UC — which committed zero errors on Tuesday — punches its ticket to both the district title game and the Region 7A-AA Tournament semifinals for the fourth time in five seasons.
If the Devilettes prevail in that contest, a second title-round contest will be played on Friday at 5.
“It boiled down to being able to execute defensively,” said Lady Twister skipper Shane Sisco, who has led UC to two of the previous regional berths. “South Fulton is a good enough team that they can hurt you if you give them extra chances.
“We made some plays that maybe we haven’t the other times we played them. Ellen Bearden had a pair of great catches in right field that could have been extra-base hits if she didn’t make them and Taylor Hargrove made an outstanding play (in foul territory) against the fence to end an inning.”
Union City, which beat SF for the first time in over three years, scored both of the game’s runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Hargrove smacked a double off the outfield wall to put a runner in scoring position and Aranda Tate took over as a pinch runner.
Tate advanced to third when Angela Chesteen reached on an error. Chesteen broke for second and South Fulton catcher Paxton Sisson threw down to third in an attempt to pick off Tate.
The throw was in time, but it was not caught and Tate took off for the plate to score the game’s first run.
Later in the fourth, Union City (20-13) scored an insurance run as Hollis stole second and the throw to the bag afforded Chesteen the opportunity to cross the pay station.
South Fulton (21-7) had a chance to score in the bottom of the fifth with two outs.
Jennifer Allen drew a walk and Desiray Sturgeon and Kacie Daugherty followed with a single apiece to load the bases.
However, Hollis got losing pitcher Haley McKinney to pop up to retire the side.
“Sadie’s really come on strong the past two weeks,” Sisco said of his sophomore hurler, who struck out four and improved to 13-8 on the season with the postseason triumph.
In addition to Sturgeon and Daugherty, Sisson also had a hit for the Devilettes, who were guilty of four errors.
“We don’t hit the ball well enough to make that many errors,” South Fulton skipper Curt Lee said.
In other prep softball action on Tuesday, Obion Central kept its postseason hopes alive with a 4-2 triumph over Crockett County in a do-or-die game at the District 13AA Tournament.
OC 4, Crockett Co. 2
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, but individual Lady Rebel tallies in both the third and seventh frames made the difference.
Obion Central (24-12-1) is now just one victory away from the 13AA title round and the Region 7AA Tournament.
The Lady Rebels play tournament host Dyersburg tonight in the loser’s bracket finale with the winner guaranteed at least two more games.
On Tuesday, Payton Robertson and Carly Whipple both finished 2-for-4 with the former doubling and the latter responsible for a triple and one RBI.
Obion Central’s Alex Wilson drove in a pair, while Meaghen Strayhorn also chased one run in.
Allison was the winner pitcher.