Obion Central scored single runs in fifth and sixth to edge Covington 2-1 in prep softball action Thursday night at Troy.
The contest represented the first home game of the season for the Lady Rebels, who improved to 4-6-1 with the triumph.
In other games on the local diamonds Thursday, South Fulton was a double winner — beating Halls 11-0 in softball and Fulton City 8-2 in baseball. Union City, meanwhile, dropped its opening game in the 10th annual St. Jude Classic to Crockett County 13-5.
Today’s slate — weather permitting — has Union City playing Gibson County at 2:30 and McKenzie at 7:15 in Day 2 of the St. Jude tourney at Thompson Field in Graham Park. Obion Central is scheduled to play at South Fulton at 3 p.m.
The softball ledger has UC at Hickman County, and Halls at Obion Central.
The following is a recap of Thursday’s action.
OC 2, Covington 1
The Lady Rebels picked up a quality win against a Covington program that is perennially among the state’s best in Class 2A.
Emily Pickard had two hits, including a double, and OC’s only RBI. Carly Whipple smacked a triple.
Payton Robertson, Kayla Bramlett and Calli Johnson all contributed singles to the winning cause.
Baylie Boucher notched her second pitching win, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out one.
Covington scored its only run in the top of the fourth.
SF 8, Fulton City 2
The Red Devils scored twice in four different innings and pounded out 15 hits in all to improve to 4-6.
Austin Hazlewood had a memorable day, starring both at the plate and on the mound. Hazlewood went 5-for-5 with five RBIs at the dish, and picking up the pitching win by striking out 13 and allowing just four hits and one earned run.
Tyler Morris also had a big afternoon offensively with four singles in five at-bats and scoring four times.
Ryan Prince went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and three ribbies, while Skylar Grissom had a pair of singles.
SF won despite missing a pair of starters, one (Curtis Cathey) due to sickness, another (Hunter Wade) who was on family vacation.
Crockett Co. 13, UC 5
Four Tornado errors led to seven unearned CC runs and dropped Union City to 8-3 with a loss on Day 1 of the SJ event.
Starting pitcher Eric Moore was the main victim of the non-support defensively for the locals as six of the nine runs charged to him were not earned. Moore, who gave up eight hits, was relieved with one out in the fifth by Caleb Long, who was tagged for four runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings.
UC did collect nine hits, led by Drake Parker who doubled, singled, drove in two runs and scored twice while reaching base three times in his customary leadoff spot.
Drew Cooley also got aboard three times with two singles and a walk, as did Travis Rutland, who doubled, singled and walked. Both Cooley and Rutland drove in a run.
Crockett County improved to 11-3.
Published in The Messenger 3.29.13