|Title game drama keeps trophy in South Fulton |
|Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 7:01 pm |
|For the fourth time in six years, the Obion County middle school softball crown fit South Fulton perfectly. |
The top-seeded Devilettes went unbeaten through the league’s postseason tournament on Saturday, SF claiming the championship with a thrilling 16-15 triumph over Ridgemont in the title game at Obion Central.
And South Fulton’s dramatic finish had a fitting hero.
Sara Kate McMinn, who suffered a broken nose and fractured cheek bone after being hit with a throw during a regular season game, returned to smack the game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh to drive in the deciding run and set off a Big Red celebration.
“I was awfully proud of all the girls, but especially for Sara Kate,” SF head coach Curt Lee said. “She wanted to play and worked her way back the last couple of games of the regular season.
“As a team, I was well-pleased, too, at how we bounced back from a rough spot in the middle of the season. We had some other injuries and some younger kids had to step in and they did a good job.”
SF started the season winning its first seven games and ended up 13-5.
The following is a recap of the tournament.
SF 16, Ridgemont 15
With the game tied at 12 after six innings, the Mustangs scored three times to set the stage for SF’s deciding comeback.
Taylor Rodgers had a two-run triple and Aalia Bivens smacked an RBI double to tie things before McMinn hit a ball over the centerfielder’s head for the winning blow.
McMinn, winning pitcher Aeriel Wright and Bivens had three hits apiece for the winners, while Rodgers, Cassidy Ruddle, Tiffany Potts and Emma Glisson were good for two base knocks each.
Ridgemont, which finished with a 13-12 record after the solid postseason showing, got four singles from both Carly Bramlett and Macey Beeler, and three singles and a double from Sheridan Bugg. Macy Muirhead had the big stick for the Mustangs with two singles, a double and a triple.
Marissa French had a double and a single for R’mont and Landry Webster had two singles.
Ridgemont 6, Lake Road 5
There were fireworks in the semifinals, too, as Muirhead cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to give her team the victory and a berth in the finals in a rematch of an earlier tournament game.
Muirhead earlier had a double and a single.
Bramlett had three singles, Bugg a triple and a single and Beeler two base knocks for Ridgemont.
Lynsey Berner had three hits for Lake Road. So did Robin Lewis, who had a double and knocked in a run, as did Hannah Cavness.
Bugg was the winning pitcher with four strikeouts, while Lewis fanned seven despite taking the mound loss.
South Fulton 13, Hillcrest 3
Sixth-grader Katie Clapper improved to 3-0 by allowing just three hits.
Wright had three hits for the winners, while both Bivens and Glisson accounted for two each.
Alaina Walker had a triple and a RBI for Hillcrest, which finished the year at 7-14.
SF 13, Lake Road 3
Wright, Rogers, Bivens and Ruddle had two hits each for the Devilettes.
Wright also got credit for the pitching decision with what Lee called “one of her better pitching games of the season.” She struck out seven, walked one and allowed but three hits.
Cavness had a double and a ribbie for LR.
Ridgemont 10, UC 0
French had three hits for the Mustangs, Bramlett smacked a triple and Muirhead had a double.
Bugg was the winning pitcher.
LR 3, Ridgemont 2
Erika Willet and Kacee Isbell made key defensive plays for the Lady Generals to preserve the victory.
Berner had two hits, and Lewis one with a RBI.
Lewis was also the winning pitcher with four strikeouts.
Bugg had two singles for Ridgemont, and Bramlett doubled.
Bugg suffered the pitching loss.
Ridgemont 15, BO 0
Winning pitcher Beeler and Kaelyn Puckett each had extra-base hits for Ridgemont.
BO did not report stats.
R’mont 17, Hillcrest 2
French, Webster, Muir-head, Bramlett and Beeler all had multiple hits in the Mustangs’ onslaught.
Courtney Heuck tripled and Walker drove in one of Hillcrest’s two runs.
Bugg got the pitching nod over Alea Ragsdale.
Hillcrest 17, Black Oak 1
Madison Armstrong had two hits and drove in a run, Jordan Albright had a hit and a ribbie, and McClain Bell was the winning pitcher.
Hillcrest 14, UC 11
Heuck, who went 8-for-10 in the tournament, had a triple, two doubles and drove in a run for the winners.
Walker doubled and drove in one, and Ragsdale was the winning hurler.
The loss spoiled a monster game by UC’s Caroline Chism, who smacked a pair of home runs and drove in eight tallies.
Union City was competing in the event for the first time ever.
Published in The Messenger 10.4.11