Defending champion Summertown scored in each of the first four innings, including a 10-spot in the fourth, and the Lady Eagles whipped Unaka 13-0 in the opening round of the Class A event at Starplex Field on Tuesday.
Lady Eagles’ pitcher Kaley Campbell tossed a no-hitter and struck out 12 of the 16 batters she faced. She threw 53 of her 73 pitches for strikes and was a walk away from a perfect game.
Unaka (24-22) slipped into the losers’ bracket and will play Gibson County (23-19) in an elimination game Wednesday at 11 a.m. (EDT). Gibson County entered the bottom of the seventh inning of its game against Sale Creek leading 6-3 before a double, single, walk and grand slam sent the Lady Pioneers into the losers’ bracket.
Summertown improved to 35-5 on the season and will play Sale Creek (30-8) in the winners’ bracket semifinals.
LOSING A GRIP
Already trailing 3-0, things got away from the Lady Rangers in the fourth inning. With two on and nobody out, Haley Jones clubbed a double to left field to make it 5-0. Elizabeth Woods followed with an RBI double to push Summertown’s advantage to 6-0.
Anisten Burleson drove in two with a single, Gallaher followed with a triple, Lane Campbell added an RBI hit, and Jones singled to drive in another run. Jenna Brazier capped it off with a two-run double.
But the onslaught was over, Summertown had totaled eight hits in the frame.
The Lady Eagles got on the board first as Woods had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Caitlyn Gallaher made it 2-0 with home run over the center field fence.
TROUBLE IN THE LINEUP
Batting seventh in the order, Gallaher finished with three hits and three RBIs in three trips to the plate. Brazier totaled two hits and four RBIs, Jones had three hits and scored three runs, and Woods had two hits and two RBIs.