Lady Rebs sprint into next round

Lady Rebs sprint into next round
Lady Rebs sprint into next round | Lady Rebs sprint into next round

By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
Payton Roberson and Alex Wilson took the long way home for Obion Central’s first two runs. Macey McKenzie covered the shortest distance between two points for the game-winner.
McKenzie, in to run for Calli Johnson, darted home from third base on Ali Adcock’s ground ball to the right side of the infield to give the Lady Rebels a 3-2 win over Ripley in the loser’s bracket of the District 13AA Softball Tournament at Dyersburg on Tuesday afternoon.
Central improves to 32-12 and will play Westview, a 4-0 winner over Milan on Tuesday, today at 5 in an elimination game.
Roberson and Wilson sprinted all the way around the bases on ground balls that rolled to the fence for OC’s two earlier runs.
Roberson tripled down the rightfield line in the third inning, scoring when a high throw back to the infield got away to tie the game at 1-all. Wilson then lined a sinking shot under the outstretched glove of Lady Tiger centerfielder Carly Harrison and raced around for an inside-the-park home run an inning later for a 2-1 OC lead.
Wilson had just missed a fence-clearing homer two pitches before her scoring shot, her long fly ball down the leftfield line going over just to the left of the foul pole.
Central’s walk-off score capped a seventh-inning meltdown by a Ripley team than had played near-flawless softball to that point.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second when Molly White singled and then went station-to-station, scoring on an infield grounder by Callie Glover. Ripley then pulled even at 2-all in the top of the sixth on Channa Burkhead’s two-out RBI triple.
Lexie Bolden was solid in the circle, allowing just five hits and not giving up a walk while striking out one. She induced 11 ground-ball outs and got five pop-up outs on the infield.
However, Bolden could not get an out in the seventh as Johnson singled to lead off and Megan Gargus reached on a throwing error by Bolden in front of Runions’ winning grounder.
Baylie Boucher was just as strong in the circle for Central, getting the win as she pitched a complete-game six-hitter, striking out two and walking one. Nine Ripley outs came on ground balls, and six more came on infield flies, including Wilson’s leaping grab of line drive off the bat of Anna Morris for the first out of the seventh inning.
Sports reporter Kevin Weaks can be contacted by email at kweaks@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 5.9.12

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