Team Ten­nessee rolls to All-Star Soft­ball Clas­sic twin­bill sweep

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

Over the last few years, the Stump on Sports Ten­nesseeGe­or­gia All-Star Soft­ball Clas­sic has been high­lighted by close games and of­fen­sive out­bursts.

The 21st edi­tion of the Clas­sic was held last Tues­day night at Chat­tanooga’s Frost Sta­dium and while there were plenty of of­fen­sive stars on dis­play, they all for­merly played for schools north of the state line.

Team Ten­nessee got a record six to­tal RBIs from Han­nah Wood (Red Bank) and two out­stand­ing pitch­ing per­for­mances from Shelby Wal­ters (GPS) and Ash­ley Rogers (Meigs County) as the re­cent Vol­un­teer State grad­u­ates swept their coun­ter­parts from the Peach State, 9-1 and 8-0 in the an­nual dou­ble­header.

Ten­nessee 9, Ge­or­gia 1

The open­ing game saw Ten­nessee blow it open early with four runs in the sec­ond in­ning to take a 5-0 lead. Ha­ley Smith (GPS) drove in a first-in­ning run with a sin­gle, while Wood de­liv­ered the big blow with a two-run dou­ble in the sec­ond in­ning. Cheyenne Lind­sey (Bay­lor) and Peri Prest­wood (Soddy-Daisy) also came through with RBIs in the frame.

Ten­nessee would add a sixth run on an RBI-ground­out by Smith in the fourth in­ning and the Vol­un­teer State would tack on three fi­nal runs in the sixth. Kaili Phillips (Sil­verdale Bap­tist) roped a two-run dou­ble while an­other run scored on an er­ror.

Ge­or­gia had just six base run­ners in the game. They pushed home a run in the bot­tom of the fourth as Gracey Kruse (Gor­don Lee) sin­gled and moved all the way to third on an er­ror be­fore scor­ing on a passed ball. How­ever, Wal­ters would strike out three straight bat­ters with two run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion to es­cape fur­ther dam­age.

Kruse added a dou­ble to lead off the bot­tom of the sixth, but was left stranded. She was the only Ge­or­gia player to col­lect mul­ti­ple hits in the opener. Kaylee Wo­mack (Ring­gold) and Madi Mor­ris (Her­itage) had one hit each in the loss.

Wal­ters got the win, al­low­ing just three hits in four in­nings of work with nine strike­outs. Wood threw the last two in­nings, strik­ing out one and sur­ren­der­ing just the one hit.

Erin Car­ney (Ar­muchee) al­lowed five runs on nine hits in three in­nings to take the loss for Team Ge­or­gia. Anna Cowan (Pep­perell) threw the last three in­nings. She gave up four runs on three hits and struck out two.

Kam­rie Rich (Bay­lor) had the only multi-hit game for Team Ten­nessee, who recorded 12 hits in the con­test.

Ten­nessee 8, Ge­or­gia 0

In the night­cap, Team Ge­or­gia could not solve the rid­dle of the Meigs County ace as Rogers faced the min­i­mum through five in­nings. She did not al­low a sin­gle hit, nor did she al­low a sin­gle ball to es­cape the in­field as she recorded 10 strike­outs.

Sydni Rogers (Sil­verdale Bap­tist) threw the fi­nal in­ning, re­tir­ing the side in order with one strike­out to pol­ish off what be­came the first per­fect game in All-Star Clas­sic his­tory.

Ally Ch­er­nak (Oolte­wah) had two hits and drove in a run in the Game 2 vic­tory, while Wood had a three­run homer in the fifth in­ning and pro­vided the walk-off RBI-sin­gle in the sixth that ended the game on the run rule.

Rogers helped her­self with a sac­ri­fice fly in the first in­ning to bring in a run and Wal­ters fol­lowed up with a two-run sin­gle to stake Ten­nessee to the early 3-0 lead.

Mor­ris started the game for Ge­or­gia, but faced just three bat­ters be­fore be­ing re­placed by Car­ney, who worked the next five in­nings. Mor­ris would take the loss for Ge­or­gia. Cowan would record the first two outs in the bot­tom of the sixth be­fore Ten­nessee would get the fi­nal two runs to end the game.

Ash­ley Rogers went on to earn the Stump Martin Most Valu­able Player of the Game award, while Wal­ters took home Ten­nessee Player of the Game honors.

Ge­or­gia Player of the Game honors went to Wo­mack, who thrilled the crowd with nu­mer­ous high­lightqual­ity plays at third base in both games.

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