A funny bounce on a two-out bloop to left field got the Central Lady Pounders’ offense going Wednesday and they cruised to an 8-2 home win over Meigs County in the Region 3-AA softball championship.
The Pounders racked up 12 hits and produced plenty of offense for pitcher Shelby Willard, who allowed four hits and struck out nine.
“We’re pretty strong, without sounding too cocky,” Central coach LeeAnne Shurrette said. “I feel pretty good when I put the lineup down. ... Hopefully we keep doing well, but I don’t want to jinx us.”
The Pounders host Sequatchie County on Friday, and Meigs County will travel to Bledsoe County on Saturday for a 7 p.m. EDT game.
Central (27-12) didn’t yet have a hit off Tigers pitcher Morgan Boggess when Brooke Eller came to the plate with two out in the bottom of the third inning. Eller’s bloop to left bounced into the corner and she wound up at third with a triple.
Brook Womack drove Eller in with a single and later scored on Hannah Powell’s two-run single that gave Central a 3-0 lead.
“Sometimes one little thing like that [bloop] leads to another hit and then a few more,” Womack said.
Meigs County (25-11) got a run in the fourth when Chandra Clayton drilled an 0-2 pitch over the fence in left. But Central answered with four more runs in the bottom of the inning.
“I was glad I hit good because I’ve been in a slump some,” said Womack, who went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. “I’m glad I did good and I’m glad we got region and district this year.
“We really feel we can win state. If we play like we did [Wednesday], we can.”
Eller went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Raney Jackson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Pounders. Madison Hampton had a pair of singles for Meigs County.
John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...