South Fulton left the Maddie Memorial Tournament with a far bigger load than it carried to Martin.
The Devilettes walked away with the championship trophy of the fourth annual event, winning all seven of their games in a period of a little more than 24 hours over the weekend.
Individual hardware was a part of SF’s baggage brought home, too, as Haley McKinney received the tournament MVP trophy, while teammates Marina Barclay, Kacie Daugherty and Macey Maxwell were all chosen to the all-tourney team.
“We saw some good competition, and the kids got the job done in several key situations,” said South Fulton head coach Curt Lee, whose team improved to 26-4 after Saturday’s 5-4 title game victory over Class 2A Dyersburg that marked the Devilettes’ second win over the Trojans and sixth vs. 2A teams in the event.
“We had some errors and misplays, but the kids bounced back from those and made up for the mistakes with big hits at critical times.”
Lexi Johnson singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth of the championship game after the international rule was put in place with the time limit having expired.
SF forced that extra frame when eighth-grader Aalia Bivens atoned for a throwing error that allowed two D’burg runs to score in the top of the fifth by getting a two-out, two-strike single that chased home the tying tally in the bottom of the fifth.
McKinney picked up four pitching wins to improve her personal mark to 14-2 and also had several hits. Sara Reams picked up three victories in the circle to better her record to 11-2.
South Fulton will play three times this week, beginning Tuesday at Ballard Memorial.
The Red Devilettes will then host Greenfield on Thursday and Union City on Friday.
The following is a recap of the Devilettes’ seven triumphs.
SF 5, Dyersburg 4
McKinney got out of huge jam in the top of the sixth when she struck out two batters and stranded the go-ahead run at third to set the stage for her team’s winning at-bat.
The two-time all-state hurler ended the game with five strikeouts and allowed just two earned runs and five hits.
She, Barclay and Bivens each had a hit and a RBI to pace the Devilettes offensively.
SF 10, Dyerburg 7
In their final pool play game Saturday morning, the Devilettes scored in every inning to win their highest scoring game of the tourney.
Reams had three hits, Barclay accounted for two hits and two RBIs, and Jennifer Allen had a pair of singles and two ribbies as well.
Maxwell also had a hit and drove in a run.
Three of the runs charged to McKinney were unearned.
SF 6, St. Agnes 2
The Devilettes scored four times in the fifth to break open a close game and win their first contest in the single-elimination portion of the tournament.
Barclay tripled three times, Reams had two hits and two runs batted in, and Maxwell two hits and a RBI.
Reams gave up just one earned run and fanned seven to earn the pitching win.
SF 11, Milan 1
South Fulton avenged one of its four earlier losses by pounding the Lady Bulldogs with the help of a 10-run third inning.
Savannah Larson had two hits and three RBIs to pace the charge while Maxwell chased in two runs with a pair of hits. Barclay had two hits, as did Bivens.
McKinney did not allow an earned run and whiffed five with one walk and four hits given up to post the pitching win.
SF 3, Crockett Co 1
The Devilettes scored twice in the first inning of their semifinal matchup against CC and never trailed to earn a spot in the title game.
Reams was again solid in the circle with a four-hitter and just a single run allowed.
Daugherty had a hit, a run scored and a stolen base, while Maxwell had two singles and a RBI.
SF 6, Camden 1
McKinney gave up just five hits and helped her own cause with a double and a single at the dish.
Barclay had three hits and drove in a run, while Larson accounted for two RBIs. Maxwell also had a hit and a ribbie.
McKinney did not fan a batter, but issued just one walk.
SF 3, So. Gibson 2
Reams allowed just one hit in three innings and McKinney came on to get the save with a scoreless frame after the ending of the game was delayed until Saturday due to weather.
Daugherty, Maxwell, Bivens and Larson all had hits for the Devilettes, with Bivens driving in a run.
Reams struck out four and walked one.
Published in The Messenger 4.23.12