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Pitchers shine for Science Hill, Crockett in 1-AAA softball wins

Tanner Cook • May 6, 2019 at 9:34 PM

CHURCH HILL — Hits were at a premium for the visiting teams during Monday night’s District 1-AAA softball tournament at Volunteer.

In the first game, David Crockett’s Kara Weems pitched a four-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Volunteer. During the nightcap, Science Hill ace Sejal Neas tossed a no-hitter in a 13-0 win over Cherokee.

The only blemish for Neas was a walk to Madison Carpenter to lead off the second inning. From then on, the sophomore dominated and retired the final 12 batters. Forty of her 62 pitches were strikes and she struck out six batters.

On the offensive end, nearly everyone that played for the Lady Hilltoppers got a hit. Science Hill got 10 hits and four were for extra bases (three doubles and one triple). Mackenzie Powell, Makenzie Smith, Jannon Glaspie and Zoey Cooper all had two RBIs.

The Lady ’Toppers also drew seven walks and had three hit batters. The day did not get off well for Cherokee as three of the first four batters drew walks.

Leaving runners on-base was probably the only problem for Science Hill as it left nine stranded and were 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

“(Sejal) has actually been having a little problem with her back, so I was happy to not see that tonight,” Science hill coach Jerry Higgins said. “We had a lot of pop ups on the infield with runners on. … This is a tough game to play. They’re short handed and they’re on about their fifth or sixth pitcher. Tomorrow, we have to play a lot better. We can’t leave nine people on-base.”

SLOW START, STRONG FINISH

Crockett had a tough time getting things going in the first two innings, exiting the frames with only two hits and no runs to show for it.

The good thing for the Lady Pioneers was that Weems was hitting her spots early on and had a no-hitter through four innings.

“There were a couple of little bloopers that got by us, but other than that, Kara pitched an excellent ballgame tonight,” Crockett coach Carla Weems said.

In the bottom of the third, Madison Pleasant led off with a double to left center and she scored on the next batter. Mackenzie Baldwin had a single to get Pleasant home.

Overall, Crockett managed 15 hits on the night. Leadoff hitter Baldwin finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs on two singles and a double.

Jenna Davis went 2-for-3 with two singles and a pair of RBIs.

Crockett left nine runners on-base and was 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

“We have trouble sometimes making contact, but we were able to string enough hits together and score seven runs,” Carla Weems said.

For Volunteer, Aliyah Crawley had the only extra-base hit with a double. Myrtle Lawson, Audrey Evans and Kristen Kennedy had the other three singles.

Weems recorded six strikeouts, but also hit three batters. She threw 80 pitches and 57 of them were for strikes.

UP NEXT

In Tuesday’s action, Dobyns-Bennett will play Daniel Boone in the first game at 5 p.m. and it will be followed by David Crockett and Science Hill at 6:30 p.m.

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