W'view numbers add up to title
Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:03 am
Westview crunched the numbers and won the abbreviated third annual Maddie Memorial Softball Tournament via a tiebreaker.
Westview’s Meagan Morrow crawls safely back to third base.
The Lady Chargers were 4-0 in the event as was Milan when play was halted at around 3 p.m. Saturday due to lightning being detected near the Martin Parks and Recreation Complex.
At that point, the players from the four teams in the event’s semifinals (W’view, South Fulton, Milan and Huntingdon) were pulled from the fields.
A meeting between the mentors from the remaining squads resulted in a vote to decide the victor via tiebreaker.
With the Lady Bulldogs and W’view being the only two teams that were undefeated up until that point, the second tiebreaker was lowest average number of runs allowed per game.
Westview claimed the first-place trophy, having held its opposition to 0.75 runs per game in their four contests.
“It’s isn’t the ideal way to win a tournament,” Lady Charger skipper J.B. Suiter said. “Considering the circumstances of what this event stands for, it was the best call.
“I’m appreciative of the willingness of the other coaches to make this decision when the weather moved in.”
The tournament was named after Madison Fagan — a Martin Middle School softball player who was fatally injured by a lightning strike in 2006, while taking part in a fundraiser.
At the event on Saturday, Westview blanked Bolton 7-0 in tournament play and bested Union City 3-1 in pool action.
Friday’s pool play had the Lady Chargers twice victors — 4-1 over South Gibson and 6-1 over Huntingdon.
Gleason also took part in Friday’s pool play, but not in Saturday’s tournament action.
The Lady Bulldogs lost 4-3 to Hickman County and 12-3 to Millington.
In other action late last week, Greenfield was swept in a doubleheader (11-4 in Game 1 and 17-5 in the second contest) against Union City.
Today’s softball slate (weather permitting) has W’view at Obion Central, while Dresden hosts Big Sandy and G’field entertains Fulton City.
W’view 7, Bolton 0
The Lady Chargers totaled 14 hits during what turned out to be their final outing at the tournament.
Alex Hughey was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Mary Kate Mesimer also got three hits during as many tries at the plate, drove in two and scored a like number of tallies.
Hailey Coleman also stood out offensively with a 2-for-2 game and one RBI.
Robb struck out seven and allowed just two hits and two walks.
Robb, who finished the tournament 3-0 with 23 strikeouts and a home run, was named the event’s MVP, while Mesimer, Hughey, Holly Morris and Kayla Guthrie all earned a nod to the All-Tournament team.
W’view 3, UC 1
Robb struck out nine and walked zero as Westview won its final pool play contest.
Meagan Prince was 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Lady Chargers.
Alex Crosser scored a run for the victorious Lady Chargers.
W’view 4, S. Gibson 1
Hughey was 3-for-3 with one ribbie and a run scored against the Hornets.
Coleman drove in two runs for the Lady Chargers.
Prince — the winning pitcher — fanned nine and walked two in her five innings on the hill.
W’view 6, Huntingdon 1
Guthrie starred against the Lady Mustangs — a perennial contender in Class A to make the State Tournament — with a 3-for-3 outing and a trio of RBI.
Robb also stood out with a two-run homer, while Morris was 2-for-3 with three runs.
Robb struck out seven and walked zero to gain the mound triumph.
Hickman Co. 4, Gleason 3
Lady Bulldog Briana Jones had two hits to pace the locals.
Calay Smith singled chased in both Jones and Sami Verdell, who also singled and came across the pay station twice.
Jaclyn Montgomery also had one hit for Gleason.
Smith was the losing pitcher.
Millington 12, Gleason 3
Jones, Verdell and Kaitlyn Collins each scored once during the nine-run defeat to Millington.
Smith doubled, while Montgomery chased a run in.
Smith absorbed the mound defeat for the Lady Bulldogs, who led 2-0 after half an inning of action.
Dresden 5, Bruceton 2
Taylor McAlpin was 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI during the Lady Lions’ victory over the Carroll Countians.
Additionally, Maria Burkeen was 2-for-3 during the defeat, while Abigail Lockhart doubled and drove in a pair.
Jesse Jones, Tori Flippin, Allie Phillips and Kristin Childress each scored one run for Dresden, which tallied all of its runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Lockhart struck out five to claim the triumph.
UC 11-17, G’field 4-5
Senior Emily Randolph and her little sister — Allie Randolph — left the most lasting offensive impression for the Lady Yellowjackets.
The sister duo knocked back-to-back home runs in Game 1.
The elder Randolph’s long fly was a three-run shot, while the young of the siblings smacked a solo shot.
Hannah Meade was the losing pitcher in both games.
Meanwhile, Jessica Williams was 4-for-6 with four runs when her efforts from the two games were combined.
Dresden 9, Clarksburg 3
Flippin, Phillips and Amy Reddick were all 3-for-4, while Lockhart and Jesica Parsley each scored two runs during the victory over the Lady Rockets.
One of Parsley’s runs came via a home run, while Lockhart smacked a double
Every hitter in Dresden’s lineup had at least one hit.
Kristin Childress joined Lockhart, Parsley and Jones as the Lady Lions that finished the afternoon 2-for-4.
Lockhart fanned seven to gain the mound victory.
Maddie Memorial Tournament; Martin, Tennessee
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