The first of Obion County’s three softball teams to play a game this season, Obion Central thus became the first of those local clubs to win a game in 2012.
They were also the only local team to win on the diamond Tuesday.
The Lady Rebels blanked Gibson County 5-0 to begin their season on the right foot.
All three area baseball entries came up short, though, Union City dropping an 8-4 decision to South Gibson, Obion Central losing big to Gleason, 14-3, and South Fulton falling at Ballard Memorial 7-4.
The following is a recap of those games.
Central 5, Gibson Co. 0
Macy Allison allowed but a lone hit and one walk, fanning eight to lead the Lady Rebels to a shutout victory in their opener.
OC broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth, then added two more tallies in the fifth.
Alex Wilson went 2-for-3 with a double, while Megen Gargus had a two-base hit and drove in a pair of runs.
Carly Whipple, Kayla Bramlett and Emily Pickard also had hits and RBIs for the victors.
Baylie Boucher finished up the shutout in relief of Allison.
The Lady Rebels played error-free ball behind their battery.
Obion Central will begin three days of play in the Sarah Beth Whitehead Memorial Tournament in Jackson on Thursday.
S. Gibson 8, UC 4
Five Tornado errors led to four unearned runs and spoiled UC’s season debut at Elam Stadium.
Drew Cooley had four hits, including a double, for the Twisters, who out-hit SG 10-9. Cooley also drove home a pair of runs.
Travis Rutland had two singles and a RBI, while Caleb Long scored twice for the locals.
Clay Treece pitched into the fourth before being relieved by Cooley. Treece was charged with the loss after fanning eight and giving up three earned runs.
Cooley had four strikeouts in 32⁄3 innings.
Union City will host Obion Central Friday, a jayvee game beginning at 4:30 to be followed at 6:30 by a varsity contest.
Ballard Mem. 7, SF 4
The Red Devils led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, but costly errors in the next two frames — for the second consecutive day — dropped them to 0-2.
Of SF’s six total misplays, four came in the fourth and fifth innings that led to Bomber runs. In all, six of BM’s seven tallies were unearned.
Zack Vaughn had two of South Fulton’s five hits, a single and double, and scored a run. Ryan Prince doubled home a pair of tallies, while Cory Pinion reached base twice with a single, a walk and had a RBI.
Chance Hamlin, who relieved starter Austin Hazlewood in the fifth, was charged with the pitching loss. However, none of the three runs Hamlin was charged with were earned.
Hazelwood pitched four innings, allowing one earned run with two strikeouts.
SF will play its first home game of the season Thursday vs. Murray.
Gleason 14, OC 3
The Bulldogs beat their second Obion County entry in as many days, routing the Rebels after edging South Fulton on Monday.
Central (1-1) got all of its runs in the third inning and was limited to seven scattered singles offensively.
Tanner Cary went 2-for-4, Trey Phipps reached base twice with a single and a walk, and Camden Napper drove in a run for OC.
Austin Carter, who picked up the opening day victory on Monday vs. Dresden, was the first of three pitchers Tuesday and absorbed the loss. Napper and Mitch Arnett followed him to the hill.
Gleason jumped on top with a three-run first and scored in six of the seven frames.
Obion Central next plays at Union City on Friday.
Published in The Messenger 3.15.12