Champion Westview eyeing bigger prize
Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:02 am
After finishing as the runner-up last season, the Lady Chargers defeated Dyersburg 5-4 on Thursday to claim their second league title in three years.
More importantly, W’view earned the right to host a semifinal game in the Region 7AA Tournament with the victory over the Lady Trojans.
“It’s a great accomplishment to win the district championship,” said Westview softball skipper J.B. Suiter, who has piloted the team to the past four Class AA State Tournaments. “It’s something our girls can take pride in from here on out because the trophy will be displayed and they can see it everytime they walk through the halls or, in our two seniors’ case, whenever they come back to visit.
“It’s something special, but it’s not the top goal we set for ourselves coming into the season. It’s something great that has happened along the way, but I hope it’s not what this team is most remembered for.”
The Lady Chargers (31-6) are to entertain Chester County this afternoon at 5. The game was originally slated to be played on Monday, but W’view obtained special permission from the TSSAA to move the game to this afternoon as CC graduated on Monday.
The only other alternative on the table was for the regional game to start at around 2 Monday.
“This was the best scenario we could come up with,” Suiter said. “We could have said, ‘we’re playing at 6 on Monday and that’s that’, but honestly that would have only created bad feelings between the two schools.
“Memphis schools have accomodated us when graduation has affected our girls by moving the game times in years past. Our first year (at regional), we had a senior, who left during the substate game in Memphis and made it to Martin minutes before he graduation.”
The 5 p.m. start time will also allowed the W’view faithful to make the game.
“With the game starting at 5, we are looking for a big crowd to support us,” Suiter said. “It has always been a big boost in years past when we hosted in this situation to look outside the fence and see our fans.”
On Thursday, many of those same fans made the trip to Dyersburg to see the Lady Chargers’ brightest shining moment to date this season.
W’view scored its first four runs in the first frame to quiet the host team’s crowd just moments after the Lady Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the top of said frame.
Lady Charger Kayla Guthrie led off the frame with a bunt single and Alex Hughey reached on an error with one out to put a pair on.
Eastern Kentucky signee Shaylon Robb homered over the right centerfield fence to put Westview up 3-0.
“That’s why she’s the district tournament MVP,” Suiter said of Robb’s heroics both at the plate and her usual solid performance on the hill.
Then, fellow senior Mary Kirk Mesimer singled up the middle and moved to second on Hailey Coleman’s groundout.
Alex Crosser singled in Mesimer to give W’view a 4-1 cushion after an inning.
Dyersburg pulled to within one tally in the fourth inning, scoring two runs off two singles and three Westview errors.
Westview added what turned out to be the deciding run in the bottom of the fifth.
With two outs, pinch hitter Meagan Morrow was hit by a pitch.
She was moved to second when Hailey Coleman singled past the shortstop and came across the pay station as Alex Hughey knocked a single up the middle.
Dyersburg gave it one last go in the top of the seventh as the host team got to within a run.
Robb struck out seven to improve en route to the mound triumph.
She was named to the All-District first time and the MVP of the event.
Meagan Prince, Hughey and Guthrie all were on the first team, while Mesimer and Holly Morris made the second team.