The Central Lady Pounders advanced to the Region 3-AA finals with a 4-0 shutout over Loudon Monday afternoon, but the Silverdale Lady Seahawks weren't quite as fortunate as they lost a 4-3 heartbreaker at Whitwell.
Freshman pitcher Brooke Parrott had her best day as a prep athlete as she hurled a one-hitter. That was the only Loudon base runner as she had no walks while finishing the game with 13 strikeouts.
The Lady Pounders took control early with two runs in the first while adding single runs in the third and fourth.
Sam Scott was the leader at the plate with three hits and an RBI while Lexie Ainslie had two hits and Chasidy Ainslie had one. Alexis Grampp also had a hit for Central.
"I feel good as we played well defensively," said Central coach LeeAnne Shurette after her girls had improved to 19-21.
"We could have hit the ball a little better, but we jumped on them early and that was big. Brooke pitched another outstanding game and had good movement as she had those Loudon girls chasing pitches out of the strike zone," the excited Central coach added.
The news wasn't so good from across the mountain as Silverdale came up short in a 4-3 squeaker in eight innings after taking a 3-2 lead in the top of that last inning.
"I feel like we just handed it to them as we made a couple of errors. Give Whitwell credit, but we hate for our season to end like this," said Silverdale coach Tim Couch after his girls finished 22-12 for the year.
"We're young as we just have two seniors. I'm confident we'll be better next year. We fought hard to get that lead and were on the brink of playing for a region title, so that's why it hurts so bad," he added.
Sloane Woodard started off the Silverdale eighth with a single before stealing second. She was replaced by courtesy runner Falyn Blaylock who was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Moran. An RBI-single by Elise Pearson sent Blaylock home with the go-ahead run.
Woodard made a catch in right for the second out in the eighth and her throw home appeared to be in time for the third out, but the Whitwell runner was called safe and the Lady Tigers won it shortly afterward on another hit.
Woodard and Bri Leffew are the only seniors on Silverdale's team.
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