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Westview, Greenfield stars shine in Jackson

Westview, Greenfield stars shine in Jackson

Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:00 pm

By KEVIN WEAKS
Press Sports
Westview’s Kayla Guthrie took full advantage of her time to shine.
Lady Charger teammates Meagan Prince and Alex Hughey were just as bright.
And, finally, Greenfield teammates Hunter Crouse and Tony Robinson helped turn out the lights on a day for ‘stars’ in Jackson.
The five Weakley Countians finished off their high school athletic careers in style by playing in the West Tennessee High School All-Star softball and baseball games Tuesday afternoon in Jackson.
The softball game was played at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex in the afternoon, followed by the baseball game next door at The Ballpark in Jackson, home of the Jackson Generals professional minor league baseball team.
Guthrie was one of the standouts among the elite softball players, helping the Gold team post an impressive 6-1 win over the Blue team that featured her prep teammates Prince and Hughey.
In the baseball game, Crouse and Robinson came on in the later innings and helped close out the Gray squad’s 9-6 win over the Red.
Guthrie was certainly a star among stars as she ripped three hits, scored two runs and drove in a run in an effort that earned her the game’s Best Offensive Player award. Patroling the shortstop position on defense, she had four assists and three put-outs while committing just one error.
Coming off a senior season where she posted a 20-3 record and 0.51 ERA in leading the Lady Chargers to a District 13AA Tournament championship, Prince started in the circle for the Blues and pitched two innings.
She allowed one run on one hit while striking out three and not isssuing a walk. She also cauught a soft line-drive in the field while knocking a base hit at the plate.
Batting in the second inning, Hughey reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second. Defensively, she had an assist, throwing out Sydni York of South Gibson, and an error.
Guthrie scored the game’s first two runs, staking the Gold to a 2-0 lead after three innings. She dropped down a bunt single off Prince to lead off the game, stole her way to third base and scored on a wild pitch.
In the top of the third, she singled again and came around on an RBI ground-rule double off the bat of Chester County’s Sammi Jo Ivy. Guthrie then drove in a run on an infield single as part of the Gold’s four-run fourth inning for a 6-0 lead.
In addition to Guthrie’s award, Mady Kate Gantt of Tipton-Rosemark, the top defensive player, Lauren Riddle was named the best pitcher and Jana Frye of Chester County was the Most Valuable Player.
In baseball action, Crouse came on in the top of the sixth inning to pinch-hit and was promptly hit in the back with a pitch.
He moved to second on a base hit by Jordan Lambert of Hardin County, took third when USJ’s Tyler Hardin reached on a fielder’s choice and scored in front of Hardin on a double by Liberty’s Adam Taylor.
Those sixth-inning runs gave the Gray team a 9-4 lead, a cushion that paid off when the Red team sliced two runs off the deficit on a two-run homer by Hardin County’s Dylan Moore in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Crouse stayed in the game and took over at shortstop, while Robinson entered the game in leftfield in the seventh frame. He came up to the plate again in the eighth inning and tagged a lead-off single, moving to second on Hardin’s base hit.
The two were left stranded, though, as South Fulton’s Ryan Prince was in the middle of three shutout innings on the hill for the Red stars.
In his first at bat, coming in the seventh frame, Robinson was well ahead in the count at 3-1 before striking out. Then, in the ninth, he grounded out to second.
Moore was the game’s top offensive player, Hardin was chosen best defensive player, Dylan Slater of Trenton was the top pitcher and Adam Taylor of Liberty was the MVP.

PUBLISHED IN THE WCP 6.6.13

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