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Skyhawks win twice, set for fall tourney

Skyhawks win twice, set for fall tourney

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:03 pm

The University of Tennessee at Martin will host a 17-team, two-day softball tournament Friday and Saturday at the Martin Recreation Complex and Bettye Giles Field on campus.
This year’s fall softball classic will honor Lori Pearson, a fellow coach at Jackson State and a former UT Martin player. Pearson lost her battle with cancer this past November. Part of the proceeds from this tournament will benefit Pearson’s Never Quit Foundation.
Action gets under way at 4 p.m. on Friday as the host Skyhawks battle Jackson State. UT Martin will play Chattanooga State at 6 p.m. and Freed-Hardeman at 8 p.m. Tournament action gets under way on three other fields at MRC beginning at 4 p.m. Friday.
Action gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday at both the MRC and Bettye Giles Field on the UT Martin campus. UT Martin will play its first game against Bethel at 9 a.m. at Bettye Giles Field. Teams will play seven-inning games with a 90-minute time limit. Eight-run and 15-run rules will be enforced. The international tie breaker rule will be used if time permits, but it will be limited to one inning.
“This tournament will give us a better chance to evaluate our young players,” Canary said.
The Skyhawk softball team tuned up for this weekend’s tournament with a 5-1 victory over SIU Carbondale and a 2-1 win over John A. Logan Saturday at Southern Illinois University.
The Skyhawks gave up one run in the first inning to SIU, but never looked back as they plated two runs in the third inning, two more in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth inning.
Kayla Wade, Jenny Bain, Leah Taylor and Erica Duke each had multiple hits in the game. Senior Chelsea Jones pitched four innings and gave up three hits and one unearned run. Sophomore Amanda Brandenburg closed out the game by pitching three no-hit innings.
“This is a game where we added some strong defensive play to our hitting and pitching,” Canary said.
Using a lineup loaded with seven freshmen and three sophomores, the Skyhawks edged John A. Logan. The Skyhawks scored two runs in the third inning, while John A. Logan scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Skyhawks recorded five hits in the game. Lauren Smith led the way with a double. Casey Vincent, Lindsey Feigl, Lydia Biggerstaff and Kelsey Dixon added hits.
Sophomore Morgan Lewis struck out seven of the nine hitters she faced in the first three innings of the game. Vincent pitched two scoreless innings and Kenzi Tate closed out the game. She gave up one run and one hit.
“Overall we got to see a lot of kids play,” Canary said. “We saw some good pitching and we saw how our kids reacted to live pitching. These two games are good to build on.” Published in The WCP 9.22.11

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