Reynolds Slam, Moore 3-Run Double Power Lady Trojans Past Rhea, 14-3

Soddy-Daisy Scores 8 In Second Inning, Cruise Into Region 3-AAA Final

Monday, May 12, 2014 - by L

Soddy-Daisy’s Haley Reynolds slugged a grand slam and Savannah Moore clubbed a three-run double in an eight-run second inning and the Lady Trojans romped to a 14-3 mercy-rule victory over Rhea County in the Region 3-AAA semifinals Monday at Clifford Kirk Stadium.

The Lady Trojans raked Rhea County starter Raegan Gravitt for seven hits, including two singles by Abby Walker to go along with the Reynolds and Moore bomb-busters, and sent 12 batters to the plate in the game-changing uprising that effectively ended the Lady Golden Eagles’ season.

“This is exactly what we needed,” said Reynolds, who has 12 homers on the season. “There were a lot of other good hits in there as well. We’ve been hitting pretty good as a team, but it’s been a while since we scored 14 runs.

“Everyone came ready to hit today.”

The District 5-AAA champion Lady Trojans (33-8) will stay at home to play for the region championship on Wednesday against District 6-AAA champion Cookeville (29-9-1), which edged 5-AAA runner-up Walker Valley, 4-3.

Both Soddy-Daisy and Cookeville have earned berths in Friday’s sectionals – one win shy of the state tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“Right now the key is staying alive,” Lady Trojans coach Wes Skiles said. “We still have to give 100 percent effort on every play. Wednesday will determine who plays at home and who travels. We sure want to be playing at home.”

Reynolds went 3-for-4 and drove in six runs – she added a two-run single in the fourth – to lead Soddy-Daisy’s 16-hit attack that backed the seven-hit pitching of Emily Edwards.

Moore, Brooke Hale, Grayson Brown, Hannah Smith and Walker all had two hits for the Lady Trojans, who also earned a spot in the sectionals with Monday’s win.

“To hit like we did today feels great,” Moore said. “The postseason means more and to start out with this kind of win is motivation to keep it going.”

Edwards yielded three runs, but retired six of the last seven to close out the Lady Golden Eagles (12-20), the runner-up from District 6-AAA.

Down 1-0, the Lady Trojans scored twice in the bottom of the first inning on a Rhea County throwing error and Shana Ward’s groundout to take a 2-1 lead.

Soddy-Daisy then unleashed the devastating third inning.

Moore grounded out. Walker and Jessica Boles singled, but Hale bounced back to pitcher Raegan Gravitt, who threw to third to force Walker.

Cameren Swafford was hit by a pitch and Reynolds sent a 2-1 pitch from Gravitt clothesline shot rocketing over the center-field fence for a grand slam.

Brown singled, Ward walked and Smith singled to load the bases again. Moore, the 10th batter in the inning, lined a bases-clearing double over center-fielder Delaney Smith’s head to push Soddy-Daisy’s lead to 10-2.

Walker singled – the seventh hit in the inning – to chase Gravitt. Reliever Bailee Rumer came on to retire Boles on an infield popup and end the onslaught.

Rumer didn’t fare so well in the fourth, allowing four runs on six hits.

Smith doubled and Moore singled, but Smith was thrown out at the plate trying to score. Walker popped out to second for the second out. Boles singled and Moore raced to third. When a relay throw toward third was off the mark, Moore jogged home with the Lady Trojans’ 11th run.

Hale singled and Swafford singled home Boles. Reynolds’ hit scored Hale and Swafford. Brown popped out to end the inning.

Edwards was thrilled with all the run support that enabled her to improve her personal record to 17-4 this season.

“I felt like when (Rhea) scored and we answered was really big,” she said. “I was throwing pretty good and putting where it was called, but they were hitting pretty good early in the game. You have to credit them for that.”

Said Skiles: “We were very productive today and I feel like we have a very good lineup. The eight-run inning was a big momentum shift for us right away.”

Rhea County got six of its seven hits in the first three innings. After that Edwards didn’t allow a ball out of the infield.

Smith went 3-for-3 and scored twice to pace Rhea County.

"My pitcher was off today and that's not good against a good team like Soddy-Daisy," Lady Golden Eagles coach Leah Price said. "I think we were jittery in our first region game in seven years -- we started five freshmen -- and the lack of maturity in this situation hurt us.

"Soddy-Daisy is a hard team to beat. To do that you have to be flawless on defense and hit the ball. We didn't do either today."

SUMMARY

Rhea County                          102 00 – 3 7 3

Soddy-Daisy                           280 4x – 14 16 0

Gravitt, Rumer (2) and Lewis; Edwards and Moore.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @larryfleming44)

 



Patriots Take Third Straight District Title

Less than two minutes into the District 5-A boys’ basketball final, pressure from Arts & Sciences forced Silverdale Baptist into a timeout. That proved to be an indication of how things would go the rest of the way for the Seahawks. After Silverdale briefly got within a point of the lead midway through the opening  period Wednesday night, the host ... (click for more)

Lady Scots Softball Falls To No. 5 Berry

The Covenant softball team gave No. 5-ranked and unbeaten Berry all it could handle in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, but the Lady Scots ultimately dropped both games of the twin-bill. Berry took game one 5-4 before winning 8-0 in the finale at Warner Park in Chattanooga. Covenant drops to 4-4 on the year. Berry, which moved up to No. 5 in the latest NFCA Top 25, ... (click for more)

Commissioner Boyd Asks County Auditor To Get Detailed Data On Visitors Bureau Spending; Graham Says CVB Should Be Left Alone

County Commission Finance Committee Chairman Tim Boyd said he is asking County Auditor Jenneth Randall to supply him with details about spending at the Chattanooga Visitors Bureau, including actual credit card and travel expense statements. He said he also wanted copies of contracts for office renovations made to the SunTrust Building 18th floor where the CVB has offices and all ... (click for more)

Developer Agrees To Set Aside 5 "Affordable" Units At Bread Factory Lofts After City Board Is Vote Short Of Approving Refinancing

A South Carolina developer who is purchasing the Bread Factory Lofts on the Southside agreed to set aside five units for "affordable housing" in order to get the approval of a city board for the financing of the purchase. Only four members of the Health, Education and Housing Facility Board were present, and Lloyd Longnion said he would not give approval unless the developer ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ed Chief ‘Embarrassed’

At the start of the school year in September, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen held an “educational summit” with state legislators from embattled Hamilton County. The entire “summit” took a prescribed 90 minutes and was such a dog-and-pony show her strongest statement was, "Create your plan around the right vision, have some metrics and align to the right ... (click for more)