A seven-run deficit proved to be a hill Obion Central could climb.
The Lady Rebels rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat Union City 11-9 Thursday night in prep softball action at Troy.
OC scored six times in the second to get within a run, plated five tallies in the fourth to take the lead and then held off a Tornado rally to win the matchup of Obion County rivals.
The comeback triumph bettered Central’s record to 13-2 as it prepares for its third tournament in as many weekends when it plays in the Waverly Diamond Classic in Dickson, starting today.
UC fell to 6-2 with the loss and plays at McKenzie at 5 this afternoon.
In other results from Thursday, South Fulton ran its winning streak to six games with a 10-0 whitewash of Trenton.
The Devilettes will also participate in the Waverly tourney over the weekend.
Thursday’s highlights are as follows:
OC 11, Union City 9
After the Lady Tornadoes broke out with a four-spot in the first and added three more runs in the second frame to take a big lead, Ashlyn Runions got Central’s comeback started with a second-inning grand slam.
The home run was part of a five-RBI game for Runions, who went 2-for-3 all totaled.
Rachel Jones and Alex Wilson each had two hits, including a double, and Megan Gargus went 2-for-4 for the winning OC ladies.
Carly Whipple drove in two runs.
On the Union City side, Sadie Hollis had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs, Kaitlyn Wheeles, Brittany Parker and Tory Reedy all had two hits and scored two times, and Courtney Sherrill tripled and drove home two. Bettye Claire Beachum and Essence Ware had a pair of singles apiece.
Starter Baylie Boucher got credit for the pitching win, her fourth in as many decisions. Macy Allison came on to notch the save after UC had closed to within 11-9 in the sixth.
Parker (3-1) was saddled with the loss, charged with all 11 OC runs in 42⁄3 innings. Hollis retired four batters in relief without allowing a run.
Obion Central will face McEwen and Ezell Harding in the Waverly tourney today, then plays Spring Hill Saturday before the medal round begins.
SF 10, Trenton 0
The Devilettes are now 6-1, only a season-opening loss to Class 2A Westview spoiling a perfect slate.
South Fulton scored in four of the five innings of the contest that was halted by the mercy rule, including three times in the third and four in the fourth.
Kacie Daugherty had three hits and a stolen base for the Big Red, while Macey Maxwell had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.
Haley McKinney had two hits and three RBIs, while both Savannah Larson and Marina Barclay each had a single and a ribbie.
Sara Reams improved to 3-0 with a one-hitter in the pitching circle. She did not walk a batter and fanned two.
South Fulton plays Cheatham County and Davidson Academy today and then Hardin County on Saturday before beginning the medal round of the Dickson-hosted tournament.
Published in The Messenger 3.30.12