Smith Grand Slam Caps Sale Creek's Big 7th-inning Rally To Edge Gibson, 7-6, In Class A State Softball

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - by Larry Fleming

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Sale Creek shrugged off softball doldrums just in time for sophomore Allison Smith’s grand slam to cap a five-run seventh inning and lead the lead the Lady Panthers to a harrowing 7-6 victory in the Class A state softball tournament Tuesday at the Starplex complex.

“It was a strange game,” Sale Creek’s veteran coach Clifford Kirk said. “We made errors we don’t normally make, we weren’t hitting the ball much at all and the umpires were pretty bad, but they were bad both ways.”

Sale Creek (30-8) advanced to the second round and will play Summertown (35-5), which clobbered Unaka, 13-0, on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CDT. Summertown beat Sale Creek for the 2018 state title.

Gibson County (23-1) fell into the loser’s bracket.

Macie Stanfield led off the Lady Panthers’ seventh inning with a double and Shelby Sullivan followed with a single. Hannah Hall walked to load the bases. On a 1-1 pitch, Smith belted her walk-off grand slam.

“We still had some outs but just didn’t need them,” Kirk said. “We had to make a comeback today and maybe this will get us kick-started in the right direction.

Junior Madison Stott, the starting pitcher, went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs for Sale Creek. Stanfield had three hits in four at-bats and pitched the seventh for the win. Smith was 2 for 4.

Hall drove in a run with a first-inning single, giving the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead they surrendered when Gibson County put up three runs in the second inning.

Stott’s single pushed across another run in the fourth and she drove in another run with a double in the sixth.

Linescore

Gibson County       030 020 1 – 6 9 0

Sale Creek          100 101 4 – 7 13 3

Garner and Neal; Stott, Stanfield (7) and Baskette-Skiles

(Contact Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and on Twitter @larryfleming44)

 

 

 

 


Chattanooga Area Swim League

PHOTOS: Red Bank Swimmers Host Cleveland Aqua Tigers

CFC Can Go To The Top Of The Division With A Win At Asheville


CHATTANOOGA AREA SWIM LEAGUE STANDINGS BLUE DIVISION Ooltewah 4 0 Stuart Heights 2 1 Signal Mountain 2 1 Dalton 1 3 Catoosa 0 4 ... (click for more)

The Red Bank Gators defeated the Cleveland Aqua Tigers Monday in a CASL swim meet at the Red Bank pool. (click for more)

Chattanooga FC’s (3-1-1) string of road matches continues on Tuesday, when they take on division-leading Asheville SC (3-1-1) at Memorial Stadium. Chattanooga is playing the third of four ... (click for more)


Sports

Chattanooga Area Swim League

CHATTANOOGA AREA SWIM LEAGUE STANDINGS BLUE DIVISION Ooltewah 4 0 Stuart Heights 2 1 Signal Mountain 2 1 Dalton 1 3 Catoosa 0 4 RED DIVISION Fairyland 3 1 Calhoun 3 1 Country Club 3 1 Red Bank 1 3 Cleveland 0 4 WHITE DIVISION Waterdogs 4 ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Red Bank Swimmers Host Cleveland Aqua Tigers

The Red Bank Gators defeated the Cleveland Aqua Tigers Monday in a CASL swim meet at the Red Bank pool. (click for more)

Breaking News

Police Charge Jason Ansley In Wreck On Main Street In Which 9-Year-Old Boy Was Killed; Going 62 MPH In 35 MPH Zone

Chattanooga Police have arrested 38-year-old Jason Ansley in a June 7 wreck on Main Street in which 9-year-old Liam Haddock was killed and two other family members injured. Police said it was determined that Ansley was traveling 62 mph in a 35 mph zone and he was caught on video running a red light at S. Orchard Knob just prior to the 9:08 p.m. crash. Police said Ansley, who ... (click for more)

Smedley, Bankston Say They Are No Votes On Property Tax Increase

Two County Commission members on Monday told members of the Pachyderm Club that they are no votes on a property tax increase. Sabrena Smedley, who currently chairs the commission, said there are a number of unanswered questions about the school system, including how the latest test scores will turn out and how much in repairs the schools will face under a new study. She said ... (click for more)

Opinion

Earl Freudenberg: Remembering 3 Friends (Glenn Draper, Marshall Roberson And Betsy Anderson)

Waking up this Sunday morning (Father's Day), I learned of the passing of three friends who had an impact on my life - Glenn Draper, Marshall Roberson and Betsy Anderson. Glenn was a guest on my radio program many times. He and his musicians represented Chattanooga around the world. In the 50's, Glenn had a national weekly radio program on NBC. He recorded several dozen CD's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW Needs Big Repairs

The banner headline on Monday morning read, “Gov. Lee, top Republicans celebrate failed UAW bid to unionize Volkswagen,” and that’s the second-worst thing that the headline could have said. The worst, of course, is if the UAW had won, and the Detroit-based union that lost 35,000 members last year would be revived -- breaking a hole into the tight wall of foreign-owned auto assembly ... (click for more)