By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
The Obion Central softball team gave the old postseason adage of “survive and advance” a new meaning.
The Lady Rebels won twice — including a game that started in Martin and ended in Troy — to remain alive in the District 13AA Tournament Monday.
OC beat Gibson County 11-3, resuming that contest on its own homefield after it was first suspended by rain and lightning in Weakley County in the fourth inning.
Central then edged Ripley 3-2.
Now 19-13-2, the Lady Rebels hope the fourth time is the charm as they play Dyersburg today at 4 at Dyersburg State in another do-or-die game. D’burg has defeated OC already three times this season.
In other tournament action Monday, Sadie Hollis tossed a perfect game in leading top-seeded Union City to a 10-0 blitz of Trenton in the 14A softball tourney in Halls.
Hollis struck out the final 13 batters after the first two Peabody hitters put the ball in play to complete her gem.
The Lady Tornadoes (18-6) now await the winner of today’s South Fulton-Halls game in the winner’s bracket finals on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The victor in that matchup will advance to the tournament finals and also assure itself of a spot in next week’s regional tournament.
OC 11, GC 3
Alex Wilson had three hits and drove in four runs for the Lady Rebels, who led 3-0 in the top of the fourth when inclement weather hit Martin and forced the game to be moved to the OCCHS field.
Central then finished off the Lady Pioneers, scoring three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Emily Pickard went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Megen Gargus doubled, singled and drove in two, and Calli Johnson also chased home two runs.
Robin Lewis’ home run was a highlight in the last inning.
Paige Russell fanned four, walked one and gave up eight hits in notching the pitching victory.
OC 3, Ripley 2
A fourth-inning run snapped a 2-all tie and was the difference in Central moving on, rather than packing up its gear.
Both Johnson and Lewis doubled, Johnson driving in a run for the victors who had just four hits.
Pickard and Hannah Cavness had singles for OC.
Baylie Boucher got the win in the circle, allowing just four base knocks.
UC 10, Trenton 0
Peabody hitters will be happy if they never see Hollis again.
She followed up a no-hitter tossed against the Lady Tide last week in which she fanned 19 with an even more dominating outing on Monday.
“Sadie’s really throwing the ball well right now, obviously, and she’s pitching with a lot of confidence,” Union City head coach Wade Maddox said. “She’s doing what we need her to do as both a pitcher and a senior leader for our team.”
Ashley Faught went 3-for-3 with a double a triple and two RBIs to pace the Lady Twister offense. Courtney Sherrill also had three hits and knocked in a run.
Hollis aided her own cause with a 2-for-3 effort, while freshman Ivey Westbrooks also had two hits in three trips to the plate.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.7.13