OC tripped up by miscues

OC tripped up by miscues
OC tripped up by miscues

Obion Central’s Madi Bell watches the shortstop’s next move on Thursday.
DYERSBURG — The Obion Central softball team was one step away from running the win-or-go-home gauntlet at the District 13AA Tournament.
After losing on the opening day of the event, OC fought back with its back against the wall, winning its first three do-or-die contest and advancing to the loser’s bracket finale.
However, five untimely Lady Rebel errors led to the team’s demise as Dyersburg came from behind for a 5-2 triumph to end the county locals’ season.
“We made some errors and then, they bunched about four hits together,” Central skipper Tommy Victory said. “We both had six hits, but the bulk of their hits seemed to come after we had made a few errors in the sixth inning.”
In the bottom of the sixth inning, a trio of OC errors assisted D’burg, which scored four runs and gained the lead in said frame.
Without the miscues, the Lady Rebels would have probably escaped the inning with — at worst — the game tied.
Obion Central was ahead 2-1 up until that point.
The Lady Rebels, who won a program record 24 games against 13 losses with one tie this spring, scored both of their tallies in the visitors’ half of the second frame.
Alex Wilson led off that frame with a bloop single over the third baseman’s head and Carly Whipple laced a ground ball through the hole between third and the shortstop to put a pair on with no one out.
Senior Meaghen Stray-horn gave her self up with a sacrifice to advance Whipple and Wilson to second and third, respectively. Wilson crossed the pay station for the game’s first run when Leann Staser grounded out.
Then, Emily Pickard knocked a single nearly identical to Whipple’s to score her teammate.
After the second inning, the Lady Rebels only threatened once more.
Strayhorn doubled with one out in the fourth and Staser singled to put a pair on with just one out.
The next two batters struck out to strand the duo.
It is also worth noting that Obion Central’s Kayla Bramlett busted a pair of line drives in her first two at-bats, but the ball was hit directly to the third baseman and left fielder.
Macy Allison (12-8) was the tough-luck loser.
The game was the final in an OC softball jersey for Madi Bell, Mandi McDaniel, Strayhorn and Staser.
“It was a good year,” Victory said. “We probably got as much out of this team than of any team I coached. If you’d told me we’d win 24 ball games, I would’ve laughed at you in Januray.
“This young group just came along and grew into a pretty good ball team.”
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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