NEW ALBANY – Kimberly Jumper and the West Union Lady Eagles defeated the scrappy Myrtle Lady Hawks in three games Thursday to advance to Class 1A State Championship series.
West Union will face the winner of the West Lincoln and Bogue Chitto series on Saturday.
Jumper’s one-out two-run double sparked a 10-run second inning to give West Union (25-8) series-clinching 18-1 Game 3 victory over Myrtle (20-9).
“We knew if we ever did bump the nest and get (West Union) stirred up they were going to be heck to compete with and they finally started putting some hits together in the last game,” said Myrtle head coach Robert Gordon.
West Union strung together 18 runs on 18 hits in the final game of the series. Jumper ripped a pair of singles and a double to drive in three runs and score three more. Leah Paige Goolsby singled and doubled to drive three runs while Julianna Garner had a pair of singles to drive in two more runs.
“Our experience started getting us some hits that we couldn’t get against (Myrtle) in the first two games,” said West Union skipper Andy Kirk.
Myrtle’s lone run of the contest came in the first inning when Jenna Jordan scored on a single by Brandi Smith.
In Game 1, Myrtle used a two-out double by Jordan to spark a six-run fifth inning on the way to a 9-8 victory.
Jordan finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a double, single, two RBI and two runs scored. Smith had a pair of singles and a double to push across three runs for Myrtle. Goolsby had three singles to plate and score on run for West Union.
Game 2 heroics
The Lady Hawks scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but West Union answered with a three-run top of the sixth on RBI singles from Jumper, Rachel Baker, and April Rollins to squeeze out a 12-9 victory in Game 2.
Meshay Cox smashed a three-run double while Kiana Judon went 2-for-4 with a double, single, two RBI, and one run scored for Myrtle.
“I am pleased with these girls,” said Gordon. “To make it this far and the effort the girls, I am very pleased.”
The win will put West Union back in the Class 1A Championship for the first time since their runner-up finish to Bogue Chitto in the 2007 Championship Series.
“I think this time the girls are going down with the mind set of winning instead of just making it last time we went (to Jackson),” said Kirk.
All but two seniors on the West Union squad played in the 2007 championship game.