The Soddy Daisy softball team fell short on Monday in a bid for a Spring Fling berth, then learned after the game that Assistant Coach Lamar Lasley had died earlier in the day of a heart attack.
Coach Wes Skiles told the team after a 4-1 loss to Smyrna.
Both teams prayed around the pitcher’s circle after the Lady Trojans were informed.
Lasley was the longtime assistant to Clifford Kirk, who came out of retirement to coach Sale Creek and who collapsed during a game on Wednesday.
He is recovering.
Smyrna (36-10) moves on to Maryville (34-12) in the opening round of the Class AAA state softball tournament at Murfreesboro.
The game had been postponed from Friday night.
Smyrna junior Makenzie Prince (33-6) had 12 strikeouts, including striking out the side on 9 pitches in the first inning.
The Lady Trojan run came when aBrooke Hale single brought in Savannah Moore.
Smyrna 4, Soddy-Daisy 1
Soddy-Daisy 000 010 0 — 1 6 2
Smyrna 010 111 0 — 4 7 0
Chaney, Edwards (4) and Bailey. Prince and Allen. WP: Prince. LP: Chaney.