Obion Central beat a trio of respected foes on its way to a runnerup finish in the annual Sarah Beth Whitehead Memorial Tournament in Jackson on Saturday.
The Lady Rebels topped perennial Class 1A power Trinity Christian Academy 3-2, edged reigning Single-A champion Riverside by the same score and then whipped regular District 13AA kingpin and state qualifier Covington 7-1.
OC fell short of claiming the tourney title, though, beaten by Chester County 6-1 in the last of four straight games played in the event late Saturday after Friday’s schedule was washed out.
A handful of Obion Central players were recognized for their standout individual play in the tourney, led by third baseman Kayla Bramlett, who was chosen the best defensive player.
Macy Allison, Emily Pickard and Carly Whipple were picked for the all-tournament team, too.
In the only other game played involving a local team on the diamond, Union City dropped a heartbreaking 5-3 baseball decision to Westview on Saturday.
OC 3, TCA 2
Central scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to make up a 2-1 deficit with Pickard lacing the hit that plated both the tying and winning runs.
Pickard’s heroics capped a 3-for-3 performance at the plate for the winners.
Bramlett had two hits in three trips and Whipple doubled and chased in a run.
Allison allowed just four hits and single runs in the third and fifth to get her third win of the season. She struck out three and walked two.
OC 3, Riverside 2
Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third, OC plated two, then another run in the fifth to knock off the Lady Panthers, who return many of the players that helped them to the Class 1A state title a year ago.
Rachel Jones went 3-for-3 with a double, Alex Wilson had two hits in three at-bats with a run knocked in, and both Ashlyn Runions and Megan Gargus had RBIs for Central. Whipple had a double.
Allsion relieved starter Baylie Boucher and got credit for the pitching win.
OC 7, Covington 1
The Lady Rebels erupted for six first-inning runs and never looked back in spanking their district foe.
Jones and Gargus had two hits to pace a 10-hit attack with Whipple responsible for three ribbies. Wilson, Gargus, Bramlett and Calli Johnson each drove in a run, too.
Paige Russell was the beneficiary of the outburst and notched the pitching win in her first decision of the spring. She fanned three and gave up five hits.
Chester Co. 6, OC 1
Obion Central scored first, but CC answered with a four-spot in its first at-bat and went on to claim the tournament championship.
Jones and Pickard had two of the Lady Rebels’ three hits and Gargus the lone RBI.
Allison was tagged with the pitching loss, her first in five decisions. She was relieved by Boucher.
OC is 5-1 heading into today’s game at Haywood.
Westview 5, UC 3
Cruising with a 3-0 lead into the sixth, the Tornadoes fell apart in the seventh when Westview put up four runs with the aid of just one hit to post a comeback triumph.
The Chargers used four walks, a balk and a pair of mental lapses to fuel their rally.
UC starter Drew Cooley was masterful through the first five frames, allowing just two hits while throwing 44 pitches.
Eric Moore pitched the six, allowing a run, before Drake Parker ran into trouble in a relief role in the seventh.
Parker did have two hits, a run scored and an RBI, while Cooley also doubled.
Clay Treece and Travis Rutland had hits and ribbies for UC, too.
Published in The Messenger 3.19.12