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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — GPS undoubtedly saved its best for last.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The fact that Gibbs' Holly Moyers was unable to get a sacrifice bunt down with a runner on first base in a tie game in the bottom of the seventh inning in the Class AAA high school state softball losers-bracket final Friday turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Lady Eagles.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Dickson County rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and defeated Soddy-Daisy 6-4 in the winners-bracket final of the TSSAA Class AAA state softball tournament Thursday on the Starplex No. 1 field.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Neither Baylor nor Pope John Paul II did a lot to speed up play in the Thursday's winners-bracket final in the Division II-AA high school softball state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Patience paid off for GPS on Thursday, and now the Bruisers are headed to the finals of the Division II-AA high school softball state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Selena Leon, Greeneville's center fielder and only senior, robbed Sequatchie County's Allyson Davenport of a go-ahead home run in the top of the seventh inning Thursday at the Starplex No. 2 field.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Soddy-Daisy earned two come-from-behind victories Wednesday in the TSSAA Class AAA state softball tournament, and the Lady Trojans now find themselves in the winners-bracket final.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Sequatchie County's Lady Indians looked like a different softball team Wednesday than the one that lost its opening-round game Tuesday in the TSSAA Class AA state tournament.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The best high school softball season in Arts & Sciences' program's 19-year history came to an end at Starplex No. 4 on Wednesday with a 13-6 loss to Columbia Academy.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — GPS softball coach Susan Crownover said her team's seniors made a vow that their careers were not going to come to an end Wednesday night at Starplex No. 3. And one of them, Madi Stanley, backed it up with her arm and her bat.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Little did anyone who was watching the Baylor-GPS softball game Tuesday at Starplex No. 3 know that when the second batter of the game homered, it would be enough to win.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Brianna Taylor flirted with no-hitters in Arts & Sciences' softball region championship game and its state sectional. On Tuesday, in the first state-tournament game in program history, she flirted with perfection.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Defending state champion Lexington looked like possibly a future state champion the way the Lady Wildcats played Tuesday night.

Arts & Sciences' Lady Patriots sang "Happy Birthday" to assistant coach Samantha Everett on Monday, although her birthday was actually Sunday.

As Clifford Kirk's successor, Wes Skiles has been "the guy having to follow the guy." But perhaps Soddy-Daisy's softball program could not have picked a better guy.

Arts & Sciences got a one-hitter from Brianna Taylor, Kiara Suttles went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI and the Lady Patriots defeated Trousdale County 4-0 in a TSSAA Class A state sectional Monday afternoon at Frost Stadium.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — After 24 years, Kelly Somerville's soul can now rest a little easier.

Two strikes; two outs; who cares?

Baylor looked like a team poised to make a run at its fourth consecutive TSSAA Division II-AA softball state championship Friday as it disposed of Ensworth 18-0 in three innings and 15-2 in five to win the best-of-three quarterfinal series and advance to the state tournament.

Thursday's pitching performance by Arts & Sciences' Brianna Taylor at Frost Stadium wasn't perfect. But it was awfully close.

GPS became the first Chattanooga-area team to earn a spot in next week's state tournament Thursday when the Bruisers defeated Briarcrest 15-0 and 11-2 in a best-of-three sub-state series at Memphis.

TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress confirmed that the Region 3-AAA softball championship game between Cookeville and host Soddy-Daisy, which was stopped with one out and two runners on in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday, has been ruled an official game because the teams played past the fifth inning.

The Region 3-A high school softball championship game between Whitwell and Arts & Sciences scheduled Wednesday at Warner Park but was postponed because of rain will be played today at Frost Stadium at 5 p.m. EDT.

BENTON, Tenn. — It took a wild pitch in the 10th-inning international tiebreaker but a champion was finally declared Wednesday in the Region 3-AA high school softball tournament at Polk County.

There were several tricky bounces in Monday's Region 3-A high school softball semifinal at Warner Park. And the last few — which proved to be the most meaningful — went Arts & Sciences' way.

Walker Valley's softball team is in a familiar position this time of year. But instead of heading west, the Lady Mustangs will be heading north.

Red Bank outfielder Mackenzie Cagle has signed scholarship papers to play softball at Bryan College in Dayton.

For those wondering how Arts & Sciences' softball team would celebrate if it ever won a district tournament championship, it was revealed Friday afternoon at Warner Park: The players and coaches had a water-balloon fight.

Arts & Sciences' softball team claimed the first high school district championship in the program's 19-year history when it defeated Silverdale Baptist Academy 5-2 on Friday at Warner Park in the 5-A title game.

It will be interesting to see next school year how many players it takes to fill soon-to-be GPS graduate Kelby Crownover's athletic shoes.

Silverdale Baptist Academy's softball team lives to play again — again.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — What a difference a day made for Soddy-Daisy.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Walker Valley needed one victory Tuesday at Cleveland High School just to keep its softball season alive. The Lady Mustangs needed two victories to keep their hopes alive for a district championship.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Soddy-Daisy's softball team is back in a familiar spot.

The 2014 Central softball team matched what the previous two Lady Purple Pounders teams did in winning the District 6-AA high school regular season. But Monday at Central, this year's Lady Pounders team did one better.

Jackie Baird saved her best for last.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Anyone who thinks Ooltewah isn't playing better softball in the latter part of the 2014 season compared to the first part should've been at Cleveland High School to see the fourth-seeded Lady Owls take on the District 5-AAA tournament's top-seeded team in a winners-bracket semifinal Saturday morning.

As competitive as the District 5-AAA high school softball season was in 2014, it was fitting that the regular-season championship and No. 1 seeding for the district tournament — which starts today — came down to the last game of the regular season.

Last year Arts & Sciences was one victory away from winning the first TSSAA district softball tournament for a program that has been around since the mid-1990s.

Ooltewah junior Allie Jones has committed to continue her softball career with Lincoln Memorial University, an NCAA Division II member competing in the South Atlantic Conference.

Davey Smith grew up dreaming of playing in Yankee Stadium. And now he's doing just that.

East Hamilton and Soddy-Daisy could be headed for a showdown Monday at Soddy-Daisy for the regular-season championship in District 5-AAA softball.

Ooltewah senior Sloan Sullivan is planning to sign volleyball scholarship papers with Middle Tennessee State University today at the high school at 1:30 p.m.

After Monday's development at Silverdale Baptist Academy, things are all square at the top of the District 5-A high school softball standings.

The last time that Polk County High School's softball team won a regular-season district title, "Schindler's List" won the Academy Award for best motion picture that year. The theme from "Aladdin" won best song at the Grammy Awards. And no player on Polk's current regular-season-championship team was born yet.

Host Soddy-Daisy held off a late challenge by Wilson Central in the Gold final of the 24th Lady Trojan Classic high school softball tournament Saturday at Soddy Lake Kids' Park and edged the Lady Wildcats 3-2 for the championship.

Four teams went 3-0 on Friday in the opening day of Soddy-Daisy's 24th Lady Trojan Classic high school softball tournament, including the host team.

Much like the Postal Service motto that claims its carriers refuse to allow any outside elements to prevent them from making their appointed rounds, Skylar Parton refuses to let even a birth defect prevent her from playing the game she loves.

Soddy-Daisy will honor the memory of former assistant coach Lamar Lasley by dedicating its softball facility Lamar Lasley Field between the varsity and junior varsity games April 22 when the Lady Trojans host Bradley Central at 5 p.m. Soddy-Daisy coach Wes Skiles is encouraging all former Lady Trojans players and anyone associated with the program to attend.

The high school softball teams at Baylor and Arts & Sciences got to know each other well over the last three days. And as things turned out in the championship game of Baylor's Hits for Hope tournament at Warner Park, that was a little too well for the Lady Patriots' liking.

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