Shadden Walk Sets Up Womack Heroics In Lady Pounders' 4-3 Victory

Central Star Belts Two-Run Double And Scores On Costly Ooltewah Error

Monday, April 1, 2013 - by Larry Fleming

Brook Womack – to no one's surprise – figured prominently in Central’s 4-3 non-district softball victory over visiting Ooltewah on Monday afternoon.

However, what appeared to be an innocuous walk to Danielle Shadden with two out in the fourth inning turned into a key moment in the game played before a good crowd on a sunny, mild day at Central High School.

“I thought it was crucial that Brook got the big hit,” Central coach Lee Anne Shurette said, “but I’m most excited about Danielle. She knew she needed to get on base and that walk was huge.”

With the Lady Owls leading 3-1, Central’s Alexis Grampp doubled to center to lead off the inning.

Bailee Caho popped out to second.

Britney Sylvester’s groundout moved Grampp to third.

In order to keep the inning alive, Shadden had to get on base.

She did, watching four straight pitches from Lady Owl pitcher Taylor Hicks sail out of the strike zone for the walk.

Womack, coming off a solid performance title by going 15-for-17 with two home runs, two doubles, a triple, four RBIs, six stolen bases and 10 runs scored as the Lady Pounders (10-4) won the Silver Division of Soddy-Daisy’s Trojan Invitational, worked the count to 1-1.

On the next pitch, Womack ripped a double to center to score Grampp and Shadden. Womack went to third on the relay throw to home and when the ball sailed past Lady Owls catcher Summer Williams, she raced toward the plate and slid head first across with the go-ahead run.

All of a sudden, the Lady Pounders had a 4-3 lead.

“When I’m halfway to second I look at coach (Shurette) and she waves me over,” said Womack, a Southern Illinois University signee. “At third, I went home on my own because the catcher lost the ball and I wanted to score.”

Ooltewah coach Norma Nelson agreed that the game turned on the walk to Shadden.

“We didn’t take care of business,” Nelson said. “We walked the number nine batter and brought up the best hitter they have. She gets a big hit, but then we throw the ball away at home and she scores.

“Besides that and not getting some bunts down I thought my kids played well. Those two batters put it to us. We had them.”

Ooltewah (4-7) got a leadoff single by Allie Jones in the fifth, but Lady Pounder right-hander Chasidy Ainslie struck out Taylor Hicks and Kaitlyn Hicks and retired Calli Cross on a grounder.

In the sixth, the Lady Owls put more heat on Central.

Williams singled to center and went to second on Elizabeth Novelli’s sacrifice bunt.

Ashunti Cooper flied out to left field.

Leadoff batter Kelsey Chernak singled the runner to third. Chernak advanced to second on the throw. Sloan Sullivan walked to load the bases.

Jones bounced back to Ainslie for the final out.

Ainslie retired the Lady Owls in order in the seventh to nail down the win.

“I thought I pitched pretty good,” she said. “I believe in myself and my teammates’ defense behind me.”

Ainslie struck out three and walked four and scattered seven hits.

The junior kept the Lady Owls guessing with effective use of a tantalizing changeup in key spots – no matter the count.

“When (the change) is working I have a lot of confidence in it,” Ainslie said. “I can throw it in any situation.”

Shurette said Ainslie “hung in there” throughout the game.

“She does exactly what we ask her to do,” Shurette said. “I think she’s one of the best pitchers in Chattanooga. She hits almost every spot. Strikeouts are nice, but we want the other team to hit our pitches and she’s excellent at doing that.

“The changeup makes her even more effective. She can throw it for a strike even if it’s a 3-2 count.”

Ooltewah got to Ainslie for two third-inning runs.

Novelli singled and went to second on Cooper’s sacrifice bunt. Chernak walked and Sullivan followed with a run-scoring single. Chernak scored when Jones reached on Brooke Eller’s fielding error in left field. Taylor Hicks drew a walk to load the bases.

Sullivan was later thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice by Kaitlyn Hicks and Cross grounded out with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Cooper singled and Chernak walked with two out in the fourth and Cooper scored when Caho, the Central catcher, threw wide of first trying to pick off Chernak. Sullivan’s groundout ended the inning.

Taylor Hicks, like Ainslie, went the distance for the Lady Owls and gave up four hits, four runs, struck out four and walked two.

“This is frustrating because I think we’re better than we’re playing,” Nelson said. “We don’t help ourselves. These girls have all the ability in the world to turn it around, but they’ve got to decide that’s what they want to do.”

LINESCORE

Ooltewah                002 100 0 – 3 7 2

Central                     001 300 0 – 4 4 2

T.Hicks and Williams; C.Ainslie and Caho.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 


Five Area Players Voted to TSWA All-State Boys Basketball Team

Five area players have been voted to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association boys all-state basketball team. Area players voted all-state were Bradley Central's Cole Copeland, Brainerd's Kentrell Evans and Dajuonta Ross, Central's Ryan Montgomery, and McCallie's Junior Clay. 2015-16 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Girls All-State Teams   Class AAA   ... (click for more)

Lookouts Rally, Then Falter In Ninth Falling To BayBears Thursday, 6-5

Chattanooga rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at five in the top of the eighth inning, but ultimately lost the game, 6-5, on a ninth inning walk-off home run from Ronnie Freeman. Freeman was a Lookouts killer all night, he was 2-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. Starter David Hurlbut pitched three effective innings for Chattanooga before giving up ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Mother And Son At House Near Dodds Avenue

No one was home when fire broke out in a Chattanooga home near Dodds Avenue late Friday morning. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around 11 a.m. and responded to 2609 Reece St. with four fire companies.  Battalion Chief Carlos Hampton said the firefighters made a quick, interior attack and got the fire under control in roughly 10 minutes. ... (click for more)

Planning Commission To Review New Form-Based Code Monday At 1 PM; Start Zoning Cases At 3 PM

The Planning Commission on Monday afternoon will be reviewing the proposed Form Based Code in addition to a large number of zoning cases.   Officials said the new code and the zoning cases "have generated significant public interest so we are expecting a large crowd."  The review of the Form-Based Code by the Planning Commission is scheduled to take ... (click for more)

The History Of Avondale Recreation Center

I grew up in Avondale from third grade until I was married and two children. East Chattanooga had a center since before I was born. The only time I was gone was when I, along with six buddies, joined the USMC.   The families in Avondale, a working class neighborhood, wanted a community center closer to home so the Avondale Civic League took on the task. They raised the money ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Bad Ideas Never Work

When the Chattanooga City Council gave Kevin Muhammad, who is purportedly the “leader” of the Nation of Islam’s “Chattanooga chapter” or whatever it is, “the right” to speak for 20 anguished minutes on Monday night, everybody who heard about it could have told our city leaders it was “stinkin’ thinkin’.” My goodness, did you think he was going to read a sweet passage from the ... (click for more)

  • Tropical Rain Forest Climate At Memorial Auditorium
  • Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com
  • Look At The Town Of Signal Mountain Water Options - And Response