GLADEVILLE — Hannah Bodenhorn turned in another dominating performance in the circle, holding Clarksville to two hits and leading Wilson Central to what is believed to be a first-ever Region 5-AAA softball championship 3-0 Thursday night.
Bodenhorn walked one, struck out six and hit two as the Lady Wildcats climbed to 32-15 for the season.
Central will play host to Franklin at 6 p.m. tonight in the sectional as the Lady Wildcats, in the round of 16 for the first time since coach Michael Sheppard’s first season in 2010, try to advance to their first state tournament since ’09, Kristin Kirkland’s lone season as coach.
Central scored in the second inning on an RBI single by Kelsey Tomlin, who went 3-for-3 with a stolen base. Leadoff batter Kayla Varner singled home a run and Brittany Wiseman added a sacrifice fly, both in the fourth.
The Lady Wildcats collected 11 hits, including two each from Varner and Morgan Powell and one apiece from Wiseman, Katie Eakes, Brooke Pfefferle and Karlie Odum.
Sheppard said Pfefferle’s return to shortstop from a hamstring injury allowed the other Lady Wildcats to return to their natural positions, strengthening their defense. There are also the intangible factors.
“This group’s loose,” he said. “They just enjoy playing and being around each other.
“It makes it easier for me to coach. They got each other’s backs. The looser they are, the better they play.”
Friendship swept at Tipton-Rosemark
MILLINGTON — Friendship Christian’s inaugural season in Division II ended in a sectional sweep at Tipton-Rosemark 2-1 and 5-1 Thursday.
The Lady Commanders ended their season at 26-16. Brittany Petry and Sarah Hall will graduate Sunday while six juniors will return next year.
“It was a good year,” coach Jody Atwood said. “You get this close, you want to make that next step to make the state tournament.
“We picked a bad time. We hadn’t hit the ball in the last couple of weeks.”
Friendship hit the ball enough to grab a 1-0 lead right off the bat in the first game as Brooke Eakes singled, stole second and scored on Jordan Burton’s single.
But that was it for the Lady Commanders as Tipton-Rosemark scored single runs in the third and fifth innings.
Tana Whited pitched all 13 innings for Friendship and had only one bad outing, the fourth inning of the second game when the Lady Rebels scored all five of their runs.
“She threw really well,” Atwood said of Whited.
Following a rain delay in the fifth inning, Friendship got a run back in the sixth and loaded the bases in the seventh but got nothing.