GPS Loses 5-4 Heartbreaker To Pope John Paul II In D-II Opener

Seventh-Inning Error By Bruisers Opens Door For Lady Knights

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - by John Hunt
- photo by Greg Davick

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Pope John Paul II scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday evening to beat GPS 5-4 in the opening game of the Division II AA state softball tournament  here at the Starplex Field No. 3.

Taylor Battles had an RBI-single in the top of the sixth for the Bruisers to knot the score at 4-4, but the only error of the game by GPS in the seventh proved to be a costly one as the Lady Knights prevailed.

Chelsie Smith grounded to third for the first out before Anna Buchanan lined a single to right that eluded the fielder and rolled to the fence as Buchanan raced to third.

Corey Swafford coaxed Chelsey Stephenson into a come-backer for the second out and it looked like GPS might escape, but Chelsie Fair had other ideas.

Catcher Katy Richardson stood up and called for a pitchout, but Swafford's delivery wasn't far enough outside.  Fair, who had ripped a solo homer in the third, poked a single to right as Buchanan raced  home with the winning run as the Lady Knights exploded toward home plate to celebrate.

"That was fun," said Pope John Paul II coach Jody Brothers after his team had improved to 25-18 overall.

"That's our best all-around game all year.  That was a great job by Anna to get on base before Chelsie got a good pitch and hit it.  Defense and pitching has been our strength this year and we got rewarded tonight for it.

"We've never been in this position before as this was the first time we've ever beaten GPS.  Of course, they won't give us a trophy for winning this game, but we're looking forward to a day off tomorrow.  We lost to GPS 7-0 earlier, but we found a way to win tonight," Brothers added.

GPS coach Susan Crownover was anything but happy with the way her team played.

"That's just one play," she said, referring to the game-winning hit by the Lady Knights.

"Not getting a hit with the bases loaded hurt.  And of course, we have to stop walking people, but Pope John Paul played with a lot of enthusiasm tonight and they wanted it worse than we did.

"This tournament isn't over as tomorrow is another day, but I'm disapppointed.  We didn't play very well as we were uptight, but they deserved to win this game," Crownover added.

The Lady Knights took a 1-0 lead in the first when Chelsie Smith walked and went to second when Buchanan got hit by a pitch.  Smith then stole third and scored when Buchanan stole second and Smith beat the throw home.

Madi Stanley's two-run homer in the second gave GPS a 2-1 edge before a bases-loaded walk to LeeAnn Jackson made it 3-1 in the third.

Fair's two-out homer in the third drew the Lady Knights within 3-2 before Smith gave her team the lead with a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth.

Battle's single in the sixth drove in Stephanie George, who had led off the inning with a double to right-center, to knot the score before Fair's game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.

GPS finished the game with eight hits as Richardson was the Bruiser with two.  The Lady Knights were limited to just five hits, but two were home runs accounting for three runs.  Fair had two hits while Smith, Buchanan and Hannah Nivison all finished with one apiece.

The Lady Knights will be off on Wednesday as they await the winner of the Baylor-St. Benedict game.  GPS will play the loser of that game on Wednesday at 6:30 Chattanooga time.

Girls Preparatory School  021 001 0 -- 4 8 1

Pope John Paul II      101 200 1 -- 5 5 1

Stanley, Swafford (4) and Richardson; Stephenson and Lewis.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net

 


Lee Softball Drops Doubleheader To No. 12 West Florida

The Lee softball team saw its bats silenced by the red hot pitching staff of the No. 12 West Florida Argonauts as they dropped both games of Saturday's Gulf South Conference doubleheader. The losses drop the Lady Flames to 19-12 in league play and 33-16 overall. The win propels the red hot Argonauts to 22-9 in the GSC and 38-12 overall.  The two teams will wrap up the ... (click for more)

Mocs Softball Swept By UNCG 10-0, 15-7

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team couldn't get the bats hot on a warm afternoon at Frost Stadium as they were swept by UNCG by scores of 10-0 and 15-7. The pair of losses drops the Mocs to 12-34 overall and 2-12 in SoCon action. UNCG improves to 26-20, 9-4 in league play. The three-game series wraps up tomorrow as UTC will host 'Senior Day' with first pitch at 2 p.m. ... (click for more)

Severe Thunderstorms Cause Damage On Signal Mountain; Widespread Power Outages Reported

Severe thunderstorms that came through around  7:30 p.m.  brought trees down on Signal Mountain, and widespread power outages were reported. Two homes that had damage were at  205 Sunnybrook, with eaves and gutter damage, and  601 Dunsinane Road, with major damage to the roof line and a tree fell through the living room area. No injuries were ... (click for more)

Rescuers Called Out After Male Hits Head After Fall From Rope Swing; He And Companions Trapped On One Side Of The Creek

Rescue crews were setting up a safety line at the first creek crossing at the Pocket Wilderness at the foot of Mowbray Mountain after a male was injured on Saturday night and he and his companions were blocked by high water. Around 7:30 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting the male had fallen from a man-made rope swing and hit his head on the rocks below at the Blue Hole ... (click for more)

Whatever Happened To The People's Game Warden?

Earlier this year a Chattanoogan.com article published a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency  (TWRA) Wildlife Officer encouraging readers to turn in anyone keeping or caring for an orphaned raccoon, squirrel, bunny or deer, because it may have rabies or pose a danger to some fictitious person.   In another  article, the TWRA Officer invaded a girl's home, seized ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Einstein Explains Insanity

In September of 2002, a detailed study of “Tennessee Schools on Notice” was prepared by the state’s Office of Education Accountability. This was when Senator Bob Corker was the Mayor of Chattanooga and it proves, pretty thoroughly I might add, that after millions upon millions of extra dollars have been poured down the collective drains at schools such as Orchard Knob, Clifton Hills, ... (click for more)