As is usually the case between two evenly-matched teams, the top seed in the District 14A softball tournament came down to one run.
Union City’s 5-3 victory over South Fulton on April 17 after the Devilettes had beaten UC 2-1 five days earlier gave the Lady Tornadoes the No. 1 spot in the upcoming postseason event after the two clubs ended up tied for that position at the end of the regular season.
Because Union City beat South Fulton by two runs and the Devilettes won by one in the first matchup, the run-differencial tie-breaker was put into effect.
UC (17-6) will now play the 14A tourney on Saturday at Halls, facing either Trenton, Lake County or Humboldt at 1 p.m., weather permitting. SF (18-10) will be the second seed in play either Halls, Greenfield or Bradford at 2:30 Saturday.
The double-elimination event will continue next week, with the championship slated for Thursday.
The top two finishers will advance on to the regionals.
Obion Central (17-12-2) will open play in the 13AA district tourney this afternoon at 5, facing Milan at Dyersburg High School.
The Lady Rebels finished third in the West Division, while Milan was second in the East.
OC will play again Friday — win or lose today — at 5 o’clock. If Central wins today, it would play in Dyersburg against either the host team, Crockett County or Haywood, while a loss today would pit the county locals vs. either Gibson County or Ripley.
The District 14A baseball tournament begins today at four satellite sites.
Top-seeded Union City (21-7) will host No. 8 Humboldt, No. 2 Trenton welcomes seventh-seeded South Fulton, Halls hosts Lake County in a battle of 3 vs. 6 and fourth seeded Greenfield is at home to play No. 5 Bradford.
All games will begin at 5 o’clock.
The beginning of the tourney was moved up a day from its original scheduled opening due to a rainy forecast for Friday.
The remainder of the event will be played at Halls with both loser’s and winner’s bracket games slated for Saturday.
A victory today would put UC in the 6:30 p.m. game against either Greenfield or Bradford, while a loss would drop the Twisters into the 1:30 game Saturday.
SF (10-16) will play at either 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. Saturday, depending on its result today.
In the only game on Wednesday’s schedule, South Fulton hammered Trenton 13-2 in softball.
SF 13, Trenton 2
The Red Devilettes closed out its 2013 regular season in style.
Making the trip to Trenton for a make-up game, SF pounded 11 hits and capitalized on seven Lady Golden Tide errors for the run-rule win on Wednesday afternoon.
Aalia Bivens was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Landry Webster was 2-for-4 with a triple and Cassidy Ruddle was 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the South Fulton attack.
Melanie Johnson had two hits and drove in a run, while Desiray Sturgeon, Kristen Crocker and Lexi Johnson all had a base hit, Sturgeon driving in a run.
Sara Reams tossed a two-hitter, striking out three and walking one for the win.
SF jumped out to a 6-0 lead with three runs in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third.
Trenton scored in the bottom of the third, but then SF brought the 10-run rule into play with seven runs in the top of the fifth. The Lady Tide managed a run in the bottom half.
SF finishes the season at 18-10 overall and 13-1 in District 14A.
Published in The Messenger 5.2.13