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Lady Rebels Rally To First District Championship Since 2003

Lady Rebels Rally To First District Championship Since 2003
Written by 
Joe Byrd
May 13, 2022

South Greene rode a pair of big innings to a 9-6 win over visiting Johnson County on Thursday, earning the Lady Rebels this year’s District 1-2A Softball Tournament crown and a home berth in Monday’s region tournament.

It is South Greene's first district championship since 2003.

Trailing by four runs heading into the bottom of the fourth Lexi Miller launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to spark the rally. With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Rebels got an RBI double from Sydney Gentry to set the stage for a three-run inning and pave the win to the championship.

South Greene and Johnson County split during the regular season in a pair of exciting contests with the Lady Longhorns handing the Lady Rebs their only conference loss. South Greene coach Amy Hawk said she was proud of the way her team played with the title on the line.

“We started off pretty shaky. I don’t know how many times this year these girls have come from behind, not given up, not quit, and finished,” Hawk said.

In addition to the key home run, Miller earned the pitching win and tournament MVP honors.

Johnson County got a run in the top of the first, but South Greene countered with two in the bottom half. That lead didn’t last long because the Lady Longhorns’ Hailey Cox ripped a three-run homer in the top of the second to put the visitors ahead 4-2.

The Lady Longhorns spread their lead with two runs in the top of the fourth on RBI singles from Hannah Fritts and Autumn Lewis.

With South Greene trailing 6-2, Miller started the rally. She began her at-bat down in the count, worked it to full and sent the ball over the fence in straightaway center. Anna Willet brought the Lady Rebels level with a two-out, RBI single that tied the game at 6-6.

“I do feel like the home run was big and kind of gave us a spark,” Hawk said. “Anna had a big base hit to get us tied. There were several big plays that helped us with the ball game.”

Miller was solid pitching in the fifth and sixth. Then In the bottom of the sixth Whitney Casteel and Miller led off with back-to-back base hits. Gentry followed by hitting a double that drove in a run and put South Greene on top. Evie Rader drove in an insurance run, and Gentry stole home to make it 9-6.

The Lady Rebels sat Johnson County down three up, three down in the seventh to claim the district title.

With the win, South Greene will host Union County on Monday in the opening round of the Region 1-2A tournament.

“I hope we continue to keep our bats hot,” Hawk said. “For the last three weeks we’ve hit it well with the exception of one or two games. We’ve played a lot of games the last three weeks. Union County is always tough, so we’ll have to be ready.”

In addition to Miller as tournament MVP, South Greene’s Casteel, Gentry, Rader, and Willett earned all-tournament accolades along with Johnson County’s Fritts, Cox, Faith Walsh, and Mattie Jones.

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