Soddy Daisy Wins Pair Of One-Run Games In Softball

Lady Trojans Now 37-8 AFter Wins Over Collierville, Wilson Central

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - by John Hunt

MURFREESBORO – The Soddy Daisy Lady Trojans saved their best for last in their opening game here at the StarPlex in the TSSAA state softball tournament.

It was a pitching dual between Collierville’s Baleigh Wisher and Soddy Daisy’s Emily Edwards as neither team scored in the first five innings.

The Lady Dragons were then able to punch across a single run in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Trojans came back to score the winning runs in the bottom of the seventh for the 2-1 victory.

Soddy Daisy added a 3-2 win over Wilson Central later in the day and will now face Dickson County in the winners bracket final on Thursday at 5:30 (CST).

“I think these girls like to make things interesting, but it’s been a wild ride this season and we’re enjoying it,” said Soddy Daisy coach Wes Skiles after his team improved to 36-8 with the come-from-behind win in the first game.

“We knew that we just had to take it one pitch at a time and that’s what we did, but it seems like it’s a different star every game and never the same person.  Now we have to turn around and get ready for Wilson Central,” he added.

Kelsey Gross had a run-scoring single in the sixth for the  Lady Dragons, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Lady Trojans.

Limited to just two hits through the first six innings – a two-out double by Brooke Hale in the third and a leadoff single by Haley Reynolds in the fourth – the Lady Trojans made good things happen in their final at-bat.

Hannah Smith led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Savannah Moore.  Abby Walker then tied the score with a single up the middle while Jessica Boles reached on a Collierville error.  Hale reached on a fielders choice for the first out before Cameron Swafford ripped a shot over the left fielder’s head as Walker raced home with the winning run.

Soddy Daisy had faced Wilson Central on one other occasion this spring, a 2-1 win by Soddy Daisy at the Lady Trojan Invitational about a month ago. Wednesday's second meeting was just as close.

The Lady Wildcats scored a run in the first and kept that 1-0 lead until the Lady Trojans scored two in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

Savannah Moore and Abby Walker hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth while Moore had a double in the sixth before a courtesy runner scored on a single by Walker.

Brittany Wiseman ripped a one-out double for Wilson Central in the sixth and was replaced by courtesy runner Keily Preston, who scored on an infield error to make it 3-2.

Walker had three hits to lead Soddy Daisy's offense while Moore had two.

Emily Edwards was the winning pitcher in the second game while freshman Shonna Penney earned the win in the first after relieving Edwards with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth inning.

COLLIERVILLE  000 001 0 – 1 5 2

SODDY DAISY  000 000 2 – 2 5 1

Wisher and Conlan; Edwards, Penney (5) and Moore.

SODDY DAISY  000 021 0 -- 3 8 1

WILSON CENTRAL  100 001 0 -- 2 6 1

Edwards, Penney (6) and Moore; Bodenhorn and Wiseman.

(email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


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