Lady Urchins win ICC softball tourney
FULTON – East Union capped their summer league season at ICC by winning the league tournament on Monday.
The Lady Urchins defeated Mooreville 3-1 in their first game and edged Amory 5-2 in the championship to take home the trophy.
“Softball’s a funny game,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “You get some good breaks and it’s your day, it can happen.”
For East Union that day was Monday when everything fell into place for the wins.
“The reason I got into this league is that we’ve got a bunch of girls coming up that are young that haven’t played with us before,” Blythe said. “It’s been a lot of competition, anytime you take North Pontotoc, Itawamba, Amory and Mooreville and Smithville, it don’t ever get easy. This team can be as good as they want to be.”
The third inning provided the bulk of the scoring for the game. With two down, Katie Boatner reached on a hit by pitch and promptly stole second to move into scoring position.
Callie Frazier followed with an RBI single to put East Union on the scoreboard with the 1-0 lead.
Jaley White was brought in to pinch run for the pitcher Frazier and scored on a RBI double by Tianna Castillo.
East Union took a 2-0 lead into the bottom half of the inning.
Amory came back and scored two runs to tie as they sent seven batters to the plate, taking advantage of three straight singles and an Urchins error to score two runs. Frazier worked out of the jam with back to back strikeouts to end the Amory threat.
With the remaining innings scoreless, the game moved into extra innings.
The Lady Urchins lined up to bat first with Rebecca Sheffield running the bases from second due to the international tie breaker rule with Sallie Pannell the lead off batter who reached first base on an error.
An intentional walk of Colby Stafford loaded the bases to set up a force play. With one out, Claudia Hill smashed a double, driving in Sheffield and Pannell.
East Union scored another run as pinch runner Jessie Roberts scored on Raelee Bell’s grounder that got past the second baseman yo give the Urchins a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the inning.
Frazier retired the first two Amory batters on groundouts and clinched the win with her sixth strikeout of the game.
Frazier was the winning pitcher in both games of the tournament.
“It’s all about getting the right breaks and we got them today,” Blythe said.
About Dennis ClaytonI cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. I have lived in Union County my entire life and strive to use my articles to promote our players, teams and schools. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.
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