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Lady Indians win rain-shortened game; Crockett, Science Hill games postponed

Jeff Birchfield • Updated May 4, 2019 at 1:54 AM

CHURCH HILL — Morgan Riffle threw a no-hitter through five innings as Dobyns-Bennett defeated Tennessee High 2-0 in a rain-shortened opening game of the District 1-AAA softball tournament at Volunteer High School.

The game had gone 5 1/3 innings when the first of two showers dumped rain on the field. The second shower made the field unplayable for the rest of the evening. Under TSSAA rules, the game reverted back to the last completed inning with the Lady Indians (22-14) getting the win.

Two late games with David Crockett versus host Volunteer and Science Hill versus Cherokee were postponed until Monday.

Dobyns-Bennett head coach Andy Hubbard praised Riffle’s efforts with only four Tennessee High runners getting on base and two of those by fielding errors.

“We’re rather it had gone seven innings, but Morgan threw well and kept the ball down,” Hubbard said. “I’m really proud of her. She’s a senior and she handled the pressure. You have to win to move on to the double-elimination. Anytime you can win in May, it’s good.”

The Lady Indians did enough on the offensive end with six hits.

Griffin Mullins hit a RBI single in the second inning to score Kierstyn Judd for a 1-0 lead. The other run came in the third inning when Makaila Collier doubled and was brought home by Peyton Domby’s RBI single.

Mullins, in the lead-off spot, went 3-for-3, while Collier reached base twice with the double and a walk. Judd also reached base twice, while Emma Allgood, batting in the nine-hole, went 2-for-2.

“We left runners stranded on second and third twice, so we have to hit the ball better,” Hubbard said. “We got some big hits early, but the main thing is we did enough and we’re moving on. I’m pretty happy about that.”

The emotions were understandably the opposite in the other dugout where Tennessee High coach Jenn Testa argued a district tournament game should be played all seven innings.

She was gracious in a post-game interview, talking about the good season the Lady Vikings (16-14) had. It included a dramatic 5-4 win over Science Hill to end the regular season when Anna Craddock blasted a walk-off, two-run home run.

In addition, Bailey Lamb gave a solid effort in the circle in Friday’s loss.

“Obviously, we were hoping we would get a chance to make another comeback tonight, but it wasn’t in the cards with the weather,” Testa said. “It’s been a good year. We’ve done a lot of things which a lot of people probably didn’t think we would.

“We won seven games last year and more than doubled that this year. We’ve got things going in the right direction and finished with a winning record. We had improvement throughout the year. I’m excited for the future, but you hate to see it end this way.”

Dobyns-Bennett will face top-seeded Daniel Boone on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the second round.

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