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Devilettes reload for Region 4-AAA berth
May 12, 2007 12:00 am
MURFREESBORO — Lebanon faced a rebuilding season this year.
Instead, the Devilettes reloaded and returned to the Region 4-AAA tournament with a 2-1 loser's bracket final win over Blackman in the District 7-AAA tournament Wednesday night at Oakland.
"Just an unbelieveable season," Lebanon coach Brad Rowlett said after his Devilettes punched their region ticket for the fourth time in his eight seasons. "Nobody gave us a chance. We lost six senior starters last year. It was one of those years where everyone bought into what we were doing."
A29-14, the Devilettes are a win shy of 30 wins, which they've reached only once before. They'll try to get it at 5 p.m. tonight against top-seed Riverdale in the finals. Should Lebanon win, the "if necessary" game would follow. LHS has not won the district championship since at least the earliest days of the program under Coach Campbell Brandon in the early 1980s.
Blackman jumped to a 1-0 lead and held it until Lebanon scored unearned runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
"We came out flat, false security," said Rowlett, whose Devilettes had beaten the Blaze in 3 of 4 previous meetings this season. "Their pitcher got hot. She mowed us down for three innings and we finally scratched a run here and a run there."
Lebanon pitcher Meghan Maynard was hot, as usual, with three hits and two walks allowed with 15 strikeouts.
Kelsey Blackburn reached on a two-base error in the Lebanon fourth inning and went to third on a passed ball. Maynard walked and stole second, drawing a throw which sailed into center field, allowing Blackburn to race home with the tying run.
Mallory Mason and Lauren Carr singled an inning later and advanced on a passed ball. As Blackman's pitcher went into her windup, the ball slipped out of her hand behind her and Mason raced home to give Lebanon the lead.
Should the Devilettes sweep Riverdale today, they would host a region game Monday at Baird Park. Otherwise, they'll go on the road.
Beech holds off Mt. Juliet 2-1, reaches 9-AAA final
GLADEVILLE — Beech and Mt. Juliet displayed some hot pitching in Wednesday's District 9-AAA winner's bracket final. Unfortunately for the Lady Bears, their two errors were probably the difference in a 2-1 loss to the Lady Buccaneers at Wilson Central.
Beech scored on a first-inning error before a pair of walks set up the Lady Bucs' third-inning score. Both Beech hits came in those innings off Kenzie Roark, who notched nine strikeouts.
"I knew we had our work cut out for us against Beech," Mt. Juliet coach Kacey Pedigo said. "It's hard to beat the same team three times in the same years.
"Two hits and two errors, when those are equal, it's hard to win."
Mt. Juliet was held to a Brittany Young single until Karli Rush ripped an RBI double to right-center field in the seventh.
Lauren Baker struck out six in 6 1/3 innings before walking her way into trouble in the seventh. Cat Banks came on and struck out the final two for the save and send Beech to today's 7 p.m. championship round and next week's Region 5-AAA tournament.
"Karli did a great job of getting in the box and be willing to take the team on her shoulders and she did just that," Pedigo said. "Lauren kind of let us get on base and then we just couldn't bring another one in. That's how it goes some days.
"Kenzie pitched well. She struggled a little bit today. But one game out of the many she's thrown, I guess that's all right, too."
The Lady Bears will bring a 37-9 record into today's 5 p.m. loser's bracket final against Hendersonville, which ousted Wilson Central 7-0 Wednesday night, to reach the final and regional.
Hendersonville turns Central errors into Lady Wildcat season-ending loss
GLADEVILLE — Needing a win to keep its season alive Wednesday night, Wilson Central self-destructed with six errors in a 7-0 setback to Hendersonville in the District 9-AAA loser's bracket.
Hendersonville scored three times in the second inning and four in the fourth. Only two of the runs were earned agaisnt Leevie Greenwood, who surrendered six hits and three walks while striking out two in six innings.
"We just committed too many errors tonight," said Central coach Ashley Putman-Serbin, whose Lady Wildcats, missing two starters due to injuries, concluded a 26-12 season. "Everything we suffered this season, all the injuries, we did better than a lot of people gave us credit for."
Central was held to three hits by Kaci Meek, who struck out three and walked no one. Her defense played errorlessly as the Lady Commandos marched into today's 5 p.m. loser's final against Mt. Juliet with a 41-11 record. Today's winner will face Beech in the finals at 7 with the "if necessary" game set for Friday night.
Sports Editor Andy Reed can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 17 or by e-mail at email@example.com.