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Title round circled on Devilettes’ calendar

Title round circled on Devilettes’ calendar
Title round circled on Devilettes’ calendar | Title round circled on Devilettes’ calendar
Messenger Sports Editor
If it’s the second week of May, it must mean South Fulton is playing for a district tournament softball championship.
The Devilettes will play for a postseason title for the 16th straight season after beating Halls 8-2 Tuesday in the winner’s bracket final of the 14A tourney.
SF will be seeking its sixth straight district tournament championship and 14th over a 16-year period tonight, with a berth in next week’s Region 7A Tournament already in hand.
Union City, meanwhile, hopes to join South Fulton in the district finals for the third consecutive season and fifth time in the past six years after beating Trenton 9-1 in an elimination game Tuesday.
The Lady Tornadoes can reach the 14A finals while likewise clinching a spot in the regionals by beating Halls this afternoon at 5 p.m. in the loser’s bracket final.
The tournament championship round will follow at 6:30, though SF needs just one win to claim the title, while either UC or Halls would have to beat the Devilettes a second time — Thursday at 6 p.m. — to win the championship.
The tourney winner will host the District 13A runnerup in regional semifinal play Monday, while the second place team from 14A will travel to the winner of 13A.
South Fulton will await today’s Game 1 winner with a 16-game winning streak and a 33-4 overall record.
Union City will bring a 20-14 mark into it’s matchup with Halls.
The Lady Tigers’ Bell fanned 15 UC batters in her aforementioned no-no vs. the Twister girls on Saturday.
Union City won both regular season meetings between the two.
SF 8, Halls 2
The Devilettes, who beat Halls 3-0 and 6-2 during the regular season, spotted the Lady Tigers a 2-0 third-inning lead with a pair of unearned runs before then plating eight unanswered tallies to knock around Halls hurler Laura Bell, who had no-hit Union City on Saturday.
Macey Maxwell’s two-run single in the bottom of the third plated Haley McKinney and pinch-runner Melanie Johnson to even the count, before SF struck for three runs in both the fourth and fifth to pull away.
McKinney’s bases-loaded single in the fourth chased home Savannah Larson and Lexi Johnson, before Marina Barclay’s base hit drove in Kaci Daughtery to give the Big Red a 5-2 lead.
Desiree Sturgeon, Daugherty and McKinney each had RBI hits in the fifth for the victors.
McKinney won her 20th game — marking the third time in four seasons she’s reached that magical mark — improving to 20-2. She struck out nine, walked two and scattered seven hits.
UC 9, Trenton 1
The Lady Tornadoes stayed in the hunt for more postseason play by recording their 20th win for a third straight season and fourth in the 19-year history of the program.
Sadie Hollis was dominant in the pitcher circle and also shined at the plate for UC, which beat Trenton for the third time in as many meetings to earn a tourney rematch against Halls.
Against Peabody Tuesday night, Hollis had four hits, including a triple and a double, knocked in two runs and scored two.
She also tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts and just two hits and two walks allowed to improve her pitching mark to 13-9.
Brittney Parker, who tossed two frames of one-run relief, had three hits with a triple and a double and scored twice.
Tory Reedy drove in a pair of runs, Kaitlyn Wheeles scored two times and Bettye Claire Beachum, Ashley Faught and Essence Ware all singled for the Lady Twisters, who had 12 hits in all and played error-free defense.
Published in The Messenger 5.9.12

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