Hillcrest’s reward for late-night work is OC softball title

Hillcrest’s reward for late-night work is OC softball title
Hillcrest played well into the night to defend its top seed.
The Lady Cougars defeated Ridgemont twice in the championship round to claim the 2012 Obion County Middle School Softball Tournament, held Saturday at the Obion County Central High School field in Troy.
Based on regular season play, Hillcrest was seeded first, in front of Ridgemont, South Fulton, Union City and Lake Road.
The tourney then confirmed each of those seeds, Hillcrest and the Lady Mustangs playing past midnight to determine the county champion.
OPENING ROUND
Union City 10, LR 2
Caroline Martinek and Taylor Crittendon each scored three times for the Lady Tornadoes, who banged out 19 hits.
Martinek, Crittendon, Taylor Whitby and MollyBeth Blackwell were all 3-for-4, Whitby also crossing the plate once, while Ashley Brown was 3-for-5 with a run.
Brittany Dysart and Courtney Worley had two hits and scored once for UC.
Crittendon struck out seven for the pitching win.
Jenna Smith and Gracie Laster had hits for the Lady Generals, with Laster and Brianna Johnson credited with good defensive efforts by head coach Emily McGee.
LR tuurned a triple play in the bottom of the second on a line drive to the pitcher with two runners on.
WINNERS’ BRACKET
R’mont 1, SF 0
In a game where pitching and defense ruled, the Lady Mustangs played some small ball to bring home the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Macy Muirhead singled and went to third on McClay Ferrell’s bunt single. A throwing error then extended the play and ended the game as Muirhead raced home with the winning run.
Ashley Alford was 2-for-2 to lead the Lady Mustangs, while Bethany Gardner added a base hit as well.
Marissa French struck out three and allowed only two hits for the pitching win, helped by a defense that did not commit an error.
Summer Britt and Emma Glisson each had a hit for the Devilettes, while Katie Clapper struck out two and walked two in suffering the pitching loss.
Hillcrest 2, UC 0
Macey Cox and Mollie Johnson had a hit and an RBI each for the Lady Cougars as Cox and UC’s Crittendon put on a solid pitching performance in the second semifinal game.
Cox struck out 12 and walked only one, while Crittendon had seven strikeouts.
McClain Bell was 2-for-3 with triple, and Mari Hanna Short also had a hit for the Lady Cougars.
Martinek had two hits and Crittendon had one.
R’mont 10, H’crest 4
Muirhead doubled and singled, both Kari Osteen and Carly Bramlett had two hits and Gardner tripled to lift the Lady Mustangs into the championship round.
Ferrell and Sara Jane Kendall added a hit each for Ridgemont.
French struck out four to earn the pitching win.
Cox was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Bell had a hit and drove in two runs, and both Anna Bright and Hanna Fulbright had a hit for the Lady Cougars.
Cox suffered the loss, striking out five.
LOSERS’ BRACKET
SF 11, Lake Road 2
The Red Devilettes claimed the first of their two elimination game wins by scoring 11 runs on 11 hits and four LR errors.
Tiffany Potts, Abby Fulcher and Alexis Cook all had two hits for South Fulton.
Macie Lester was the winning pitcher, fanning five and walking two.
Smith, Ali Whaley and Shelby Mosley all had a hit for the Lady Generals, while Avery Johnson and Madison Gargus were lauded for their defense.
SF 6, Union City 1
Kennedy Sisson tagged a two-run double, and both Clapper and Adrienne Joyner had a hit for SF, which ended the Lady Tornadoes’ season with the decision.
Clapper fanned five and walked two for the win.
Crittendon was 2-for-3, Dysart doubled, Martinek singled and scored twice and Blackwell added a hit for Union City.
Crittendon fanned four in taking the pitching loss.
Hillcrest 6, SF 0
After finishing two other teams’ season, the Devilettes were done themselves as SF managed only three hits against Cox.
The Lady Cougar pitcher whiffed nine and did not allow a walk for the win, which advanced her team to the championship round.
Bell was 2-for-4 with an RBI, both Johnson and Olivia Matherly had a hit and drove in two runs, Bright singled and knocked in a run and Audrey Myers singled for Hillcrest.
Brittney Proctor and Olivia Pope had a hit for SF, while Glisson was the losing pitcher.
FINAL ROUND
H’crest 4, R’mont 3
Cox came through with yet another stellar pitching effort, striking out 10 while walking just two and giving up only three hits for the win.
Myers singled and drove in two runs, while Bell, Cox, Johnson, Short and Lauren Ivy all had a hit for the Lady Cougars.
For the Lady Mustangs, French tripled and singled, while both Muirhead and Alford doubled.
French suffered the pitching loss, striking out four.
H’crest 7, R’mont 4
The Lady Cougars wrapped up their first county championship with Cox doing her best work at the plate as she was 4-for-4 — all doubles — with three RBI. Cox was also the winning pitcher, striking out five and walking one.
Matherly was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Ivy was 2-for-4, Johnson had a hit and an RBI and both Bell and Hanna had a hit for Hillcrest.
Osteen was 2-for-3, Gardner doubled and French, Bramlett, Muirhead and Alford all singled for Ridgemont.
French was the Lady Mustangs’ losing hurler, striking out two. Published in The Messenger 10.16.12

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