Girls Varsity Softball · Red Bank Wins Own Softball Tournament

Wright, Wood, Shrader All Homer In 11-7 Win Over Marion In Championship

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – by John Hunt

Red Bank lost a tough 3-2 decision to Sale Creek in Friday’s first game, but the Lionettes came storming back to win four in a row, including an 11-7 victory over Marion County in the championship game.

“We had a great weekend, but we needed that,” said Munn after her team had improved to 21-7.

“I thought we hit the ball well today, but we played some really good teams this weekend and I’m really pleased for us to win our own tournament for the first time.

“Layla Babb had several big hits, but that two-run double against Sale Creek in the semifinals was critical.  Our tournament will be starting next week and I’m confident that the competition we faced in this tournament will help us on down the road,” she concluded with a smile.

Sale Creek was the first-place team in Pool A while Red Bank was second.  These same two teams met on Saturday afternoon in the semifinal with Sale Creek jumping out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning.

Trailing 5-2, the Lionettes took the lead with four runs in the fifth, the big blow being that two-run double by Babb.  Sale Creek scored once in the bottom of the inning to force use of the international rule after the game was tied once the time limit had expired.

While Red Bank came alive offensively in the fifth, they added three more in the sixth in an eventual 9-7 victory.

Marion County jumped out to an early lead when Sidney Minter crushed a three-run homer in the first, but Red Bank answered with three in the bottom of the inning and the winners scored single runs in the second and third innings before scoring four in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Holding a precarious 5-3 lead going to the bottom of the fourth, Lexie Wright, Hannah Wood and Sami Shrader led things off with three straight solo homers.  Bailee Phillips had an RBI-double for a 9-3 lead before the Lady Warriors scored four in the top of the fifth to get back within 9-7.

Savannah Thomas and Minter both had RBI-doubles while Teja Jordan drove in another with a single.  The fourth run scored on a Red Bank error.

Red Bank added two more in the bottom of the fifth and had the bases loaded after walks to Kelsey Peden and Phillips for an 11-7 lead, but the game was called at that point on agreement of both head coaches.

The Lady Warriors are now 19-9 and won four straight before losing to Red Bank.

Coach Randy Ellis was just glad that his team was able to get back in the game with the Lionettes after that four-run fourth.

“We were able to get back in it and I was happy about that, but Red Bank hits the ball extremely well.  We have a really young team, but we’re growing up.  Bailey Davis pitched all four games today and really carried a big load for us,” he praised his sophomore pitcher.

“We were tired when we got here tonight, but we were just happy to be in the finals.  We made a lot of errors, but were able to get off the deck and make some plays.  We could see Red Bank again in the sectionals if we both make it that far, but we cared whether we won or lost and that was a big deal for me,” he added.

Wood was the winning pitcher after allowing all seven runs on seven hits in five innings.  She also had two strikeouts and two walks.

Davis was the loser after giving up 11 runs on 14 hits.   She had one strikeout and five walks.

Zoe Helms and Wright both had three hits for Red Bank while Wood and Babb had two apiece.  Leadoff hitter Destiny Painter was the only Lionette without a hit, but she hit the ball on the nose all four times up and had nothing to show for it.  She also made some outstanding plays in center field.

Breanna Vinson had three hits and scored twice to lead Marion County.  Minter had two hits and four RBIs while Thomas and Jordan both had one hit and one run batted in.

While Red Bank beat Sale Creek for its berth in the finals, Marion County defeated Sequatchie County by an 11-5 final to advance.