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Devil pair ‘Gold’en; UC’s Hollis a hit, too

Devil pair ‘Gold’en; UC’s Hollis a hit, too

By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
Sara Reams was in her element in the circle.
Known more for their play on the dirt infield, Desiray Sturgeon and Sadie Hollis spent their time roaming the outfield.
All three local players — Reams and Sturgeon from South Fulton and Hollis from Union City — participated in the West Tennessee High School All-Star Game on Tuesday afternoon at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex in Jackson.
Reams and Sturgeon, playing for the Gold team, bettered the Purple and Gold representative as Gold rolled up a 6-1 win over Hollis and the Blue squad.
Reams started for the Gold team and pitched two shutout innings, striking out one and allowing two hits.
Hollis, who posted a 15-6 record with a 1.33 ERA and 202 strikeouts while pitching the Lady Tornadoes to their first-ever sectional game last month, was a centerfielder on this day.
She did not have a put-out or assist from her position, while at the plate she knocked a single.
Sturgeon, who regularly started at the shortstop spot for the Red Devilettes, was the leftfielder for the Gold unit.
She also did not have a fielding chance as a ground-rule double sailed over her head. At the plate, Sturgeon reached on an error and a fielder’s choice, scored a run and struck out.
The Gold team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Westview’s Kayla Guthrie, who was named the offensive player of the game after getting three hits, two runs, an RBI, led off the game with a single and then stole her way to third before scoring on a wild pitch.
Guthrie scored the Gold’s second run as well, leading off the third with a base hit and coming around on a ground-rule double by Chester County’s Sammie Jo Ivy.
The speedy Gold team tied up the Blue team’s infielders in knots in the fourth to plate four more runs for a 6-0 lead.
Mady Kate Gantt of Tipton-Rosemark turned a hard hit ball off a Blue player’s glove into a double, Sturgeon, Jana Frye of Chester County and Ivy laid down shots on the infield that Blue players fielded but were not able to make a play, and both Brooklyn Taylor of Riverside and Guthrie had RBI singles in the inning.
The Blue team finally pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the sixth when Covington’s Gabby Glenn reached on an error, stole a base and came home on a pop-up single by Trinity Christian’s Amanda Bond.
Union City’s Tory Reedy was also selected for the game but was unable to attend.
In addition to Guthrie, other game award winners included Gantt as the top defensive player, USJ’s Lauren Riddle as the top pitcher and Frye as the MVP.

Published in The Messenger 6.5.13

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