South Fulton remained the ‘hunted’ in the District 14A Softball Tournament.
And despite being wounded, Union City is still in that hunt.
The top-seeded Devilettes — in search of their sixth straight district tourney title and 14th in the last 15 years — advanced to the winner’s bracket championship of the 2012 event Saturday with an 11-0 whitewash of Trenton.
SF (32-4), winners of 15 straight now, will play Halls today at 5 with the victor earning a spot in Tuesday’s championship round as well as a spot in next week’s regionals.
UC, meanwhile, still has a shot at both dethroning South Fulton and securing its third straight berth in both the district title game and regional tournament, but must triumph today and Tuesday after splitting a pair of games in the sweltering heat Saturday to remain alive in the 14A tourney that is being hosted by the Devilettes.
The Lady Tornadoes (19-14) were bumped to the loser’s bracket after being no-hit by Halls, 3-0, but remained alive with a 14-4 romp over Lake County in an elimination game.
Union City must beat Trenton tonight at 6:30, then the loser of today’s 5 p.m. matchup between SF and Halls to extend its season to the next round of postseason play.
The Region 7A Tournament begins a week from today with the district champions hosting first-round games, and the runner-ups playing on the road.
The following is a recap of Saturday’s play involving local teams.
SF 11, Trenton 0
Macey Maxwell’s two-run double in the first got the Devilettes off and running in a contest that was halted via the mercy rule in the fifth.
Tennessee State-bound Kacie Daugherty was a part of three scoring rallies for South Fulton with three hits and a run batted in. Haley McKinney had two hits and two RBIs, while Sara Reams had a triple, a double and chased in two tallies.
Desiree Sturgeon had two singles and eighth-grader Aalia Bivens reached base twice and drove in a run before leaving the game in the fourth with a hand/wrist injury that occurred in a first-base collision in the third inning.
McKinney gave up on a scratch single in the second and struck out five in four innings to improve her pitching mark to 19-2. Reams retired the final three batters in the fifth, fanning one.
Halls 3, UC 0
Laura Bell was near-flawless while dominating the Lady Tornado hitters, striking out 15 to send Union City to the loser’s bracket.
Bell whiffed 10 of the first 12 UC batters and did not allow a hard-hit ball the entire game.
The only player to reach base against Bell was Tory Reedy, who walked in the fifth but was then thrown out at second after trying to advance on a short passed ball.
Union City hurler Sadie Hollis was only a little short of sensational, too, fanning 11 and giving up just two hits, one earned run and a walk as her record dipped to 12-9.
UC 14, LC 4
The Twister girls bounced back in the nightcap of four games played on Saturday, scoring in every inning but the first and taking advantage of six Lake County errors in advancing via a lopsided mercy-rule triumph.
Freshman catcher Courtney Sherrill had a big game and paced an 11-hit attack with a double, single and four RBIs. Hollis tripled and doubled, scoring three times while driving in a run, while Bettye Claire Beachum had two singles, a run scored and a ribbie.
Ashley Faught doubled, singled and drove in two while scoring twice, winning pitcher Brittney Parker helped herself with two RBIs, and Kristian Davis scored twice.
Parker (6-5) allowed three earned runs with two walks and four strikeouts in the pitching circle.
T.T. Flowers accounted for all of Lake County’s offense with a pair of two-run homers.
Published in The Messenger 5.7.12