South Fulton will have to fight its way out of the loser’s bracket to advance out of the District 14A softball tournament.
That’s something Obion Central couldn’t do in 13AA.
The Red Devilettes — who’ve advanced to the regional tournament 16 consecutive seasons — were upset 5-0 by host Halls in the winner’s bracket of the 14A event Tuesday afternoon.
SF thus would have to win three straight games to continue its postseason streak and reach the tourney’s championship round.
The Big Red took the first step on that journey by blasting Lake County 15-0 in a second game on Tuesday.
Obion Central, meanwhile, saw its 2013 season end with a second loss in the District 13AA tourney — 5-0 vs. Dyersburg.
OC had won two games in the loser’s bracket on Monday to remain alive for another day after dropping a 3-0 decision to Milan in the opening round of the tournament.
Today’s schedule in District 14A has top-seeded Union City facing No. 3 Halls in the winner’s bracket final at 5 p.m. with the victor not only securing a berth in the championship round, but also next week’s regional tournament.
South Fulton plays Trenton at 6:30 in a do-or-die contest, with the winner moving on to the loser’s bracket final at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The 14A baseball tournament — also being played at Halls — has a loser’s bracket game between Greenfield and Trenton today at 4:30, to be followed by the winner’s bracket final pitting No. 1 seed Union City against third-seeded Halls at 7 p.m.
In baseball action Tuesday, Greenfield claimed a 10-2 win over Lake County and Trenton picked up a 5-2 decision over Bradford in a pair of elimination games.
The following is a recap of Tuesday’s games:
SF 15, Lake Co. 0
The Devilettes (18-11) bounced back from their loss to Halls earlier in the day with a three-inning rout of the Lady Falcons.
Winning pitcher Sierra Coley faced just 11 batters, striking out two while allowing one hit and walking one.
Lexi Johnson was 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Coley, Sara Reams and Cassidy Ruddle were 2-for-3, Coley with two RBI and Ruddle driving in a run.
Aariel Wright tripled, and Melanie Johnson had a hit for SF, which also capitalized on seven LC errors.
South Fulton scored three runs in the first inning, eight in the second and four in the third.
Halls 5, SF 0
South Fulton was on the wrong end of a no-hitter to fall into the tournament’s losers’ bracket.
Reams was the only baserunner for SF, reaching on an error in the third inning but then getting thrown out at second base.
Reams suffered the loss, giving up five earned runs on 12 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Halls banged out 12 hits, scoring one run in both the second and third innings and adding three more in the fourth frame.
Dyersburg 5, OC 0
Scoreless into the fifth, D’burg scored four times in the home half of that inning, then tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to end the Lady Rebels’ season.
OC finished the year with a 19-14-2 record.
Central could manage but four hits Tuesday in losing for the fourth time this season — three via shutout — to Dyersburg.
Madison Ellis, Emily Pickard, Megen Gargus and Kayla Bramlett all had singles for the Lady Rebs.
Baylie Boucher struck out three, walked one and allowed six hits in absorbing the pitching loss.
The game was the last in an OCCHS uniform for seniors Boucher, Bramlett, Tori York and Olivia Ferguson.
Dyersburg moves on to play Covington in action on Thursday.
Published in The Messenger 5.8.13