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Lady Devils Take Down Cocke County 7-3 To Claim District Crown

Lady Devils Take Down Cocke County 7-3 To Claim District Crown
Written by 
Mark Brooks
May 13, 2022

ROGERSVILLE - Just like in the regular season the Greeneville softball continued its dominant run against District 2-3A foes on Wednesday evening as they took down Cocke County 7-3 in the district championship game at Cherokee.

Greeneville coach Jenna Restivo said, "I’m extremely proud of this team, and the hard work they’ve put in this entire season paid off with a district championship. It’s a big accomplishment but we’ve still got a lot more to do on the road ahead of us”.

District 2-3A Pitcher of the Year, Leah Phillips, struck out the side in the opening frame to set the tone for the championship game against the Lady Red.

The Lady Devils then scored the first run of the game without the aide of a hit. Leadoff hitter Kaley Bradley drew a walk and was bunted to second by Ansley Collins. She went to third on a passed ball then scored when Lydia Darnell grounded out to second.

The Lady Devils scored again in the second inning when District Co-Player of the Year, Ella Moore sent one over the fence in left-center field for a homerun.

Greeneville built a 6-0 lead in the third inning as Darnell was safe on an error and scored on Moore’s double to left. Ashlyn Rachon doubled in Moore to make the score 4-0. Lauren Million’s infield single put runners at the corners for Madison Carpenter who singled to left, scoring Rachon followed by another single to left by Kyla Jobe that scored Million to make the score 6-0 after three innings.

Collins tripled to lead off the bottom half of the fourth and scored on Lydia Darnell’s sacrifice fly to center that put the Lady Devils in Control at 7-0.

The top of the fifth saw the Lady Red break the ice and score twice. Jailah Ensley singled, Addisen McNouly walked, and they both scored on back to back singles by Paige Niethammer and Kimberly Ottinger.

A heads up play by catcher Laicy Darnell caught Neithammer napping at third base and was picked off to end the inning without further damage.

In the sixth inning the Lady Red had their chance to cut into the Lady Devils lead. After a couple walks Makaha Reed flied out to center for the first out of the inning. Shakyra Reed then stepped to the plate a scorched a liner that looked as if it would score at least one run and put runners at the corners with only one out, but Collins showing her range snatched it out of the air and threw to second for the inning ending double play.

Restivo said, “That was the play of the game; it changed momentum from them back to us and broke their sprit."

In the top of the seventh the Lady Red had one last chance as McNouly doubled over everybody’s head in right field, Neithammer singled her in to make the score 7-3. Ottinger singled to center and took second on the throw in. Phillips was able to get the next two batters out on fly balls and the Lady Devils were winners and District Champs.

Phillips picked up the win going all seven innings. The Lady Devils reached double digits in hits with 10, led by Moore, Rachon and Carpenter with two each. Moore also had a homerun.

Kaley Bradley, Kyla Jobe and Madison Carpenter we named to the all-tournament team while Ansley Collins was the tournament MVP.

Collins was all smiles as her name was called to receive the MVP plaque, she said, “I didn’t know this was coming but it feels awesome, let’s get this thing going, we got more work to do”.

Greeneville moves on to the Region 1-3A Tournament where it will host Elizabethton on Monday in the semifnals.

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