|Red Boiling Springs Softball Action|
|Written by Wally Etheridge|
|Tuesday, May 1, 2012|
One of the most prestigious softball tournaments is held every year in Cookville and many triple A and double A schools play in what is called The Duff Tournament and Red Boiling Springs play's in this event every year although the teams usually are much stronger including Community High School who the Lady Bull Dogs faced in the second round and came away with a hard fought victory 3-2.
The Lady Bulldogs jumped out on top of the Lady Vikings by a score of 1 to nothing in the second inning when Katie Greanead reached first on a error and advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored 2 outs later on a Hot single by Stephanie Reecer to give the One run lead. The Lady Vikings would score 2 runs of their own to send this game to the bottom of the fifth inning with the Lady Bulldogs facing their last time at bat due to the time limit that are imposed in tournament games.
After Mckinze Hix struck out to lead off the inning Kesha Davis kept the Lady Bulldogs hopes alive with a bunt single followed by another bunt single by Sherena Swoner to put runners on first and second with one out. Kalisha Lynch struck out for the second out and leaving the entire game in the hands of Katie Greanead who has a lot of big hits all year for the Lady Bulldogs but could she come thru one more time. Katie got a pitch to her liking and sent a long screaming line drive double to the leftfield fence scoring both Davis and Swoner to give the Lady Bulldogs a hard fought but very thrilling victory.
The outstanding pitching of Sherena Swoner and some great Lady Bulldog defense played the deciding role in this great victory but of course Katie Greanead delivered the big hit of the game to send the Lady Bulldogs to their big win.
The Lady Bulldogs would lose their other 2 games of this tournament but played very well losing to 3A school Knoxville Bearden and Battled Warren County down to the end before losing a 5-3 decision.
The Red Boiling Springs Lady Bulldogs knew that Jackson County had recently lost their ace pitcher and without her this Lady Blue Devil softball team has fallen on hard times losing games by large scores because losing your star pitcher is not something you overcome in one season.
The Lady Bulldogs wasted no time by jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Kesha Davis drew a walk as did Swoner and both would score on a fielders choice by Kalisha Lynch and a sacrifice fly by Katie Greanead. Jackson County would come right back to score 3 runs to go ahead but that lead was short lived.
Other Lady bulldogs having a great game were Conner Murphy who had 2 walks and a stolen base in a big 5 run seventh inning that added to the 3 runs the Lady Bulldogs had scored in the sixth inning. These Lady Bulldogs have had their hitting eye come alive of late so look for bigger things as we close out the season with the district tournament starting this Friday night.
We do not know which team the Lady Bulldogs will be playing, but don't be surprised if they have a great tournament. As most everyone knows this is the last year for Coaches Cindy and David Porter. We will have an article in next week's paper about their contributions to the softball program at Red Boiling Springs so watch for that next week.