Christian Heritage School Lions

October 9, 2013

Area roundup: North Murray softball earns return trip to state playoffs

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“We were swinging the bats well. Megan is seeing the ball very well, and I think that has been contagious,” Granger said. “A couple of them get on, we get a couple of hits and we start believing.”

The Lady Mountaineers will play at 7 p.m. today against the loser of today’s winners’ bracket final between Cartersville and Ringgold.

If North Murray wins today, the Lady Mountaineers will finish no worse than second and play in the championship round Thursday, needing to beat the winners’ bracket champion twice to claim the region title.

Sonoraville 3, Coahulla Creek 0: Senior pitcher Erin Harden struck out nine batters, but the Lady Colts (21-9) managed just two hits — from Sydney Ross and LaSha Hedden — and saw their time at the tournament and their season come to an end.

The Lady Colts were seeded third entering the region tournament after going 10-4 during 5-3A competition in the regular season. Their only region losses were to the two teams playing in the winners’ bracket final today — Cartersville and Ringgold.

“I am definitely disappointed in how it ended, but we definitely had a great season,” Coahulla Creek coach Josh Swiney said. “As a first-year coach, I couldn’t have asked for better effort day in and day out than I got from this group of players. They made my job a lot easier in my first season.”

• Pittman and Sutton took two of the three individual honors on the All-Region 5-3A softball team, as selected by the league’s coaches, while Coahulla Creek shared the lead for total selections to the team with Ringgold.

Pittman, a junior third baseman, was chosen as the region’s Defensive Player of the Year. Sutton, a junior shortstop, was selected as Offensive Player of the Year. Both players also filled slots in the all-region first-team lineup.

Harden, a senior pitcher, and teammate Shelbe Dilbeck, a junior second baseman, were also chosen for the first-team.

The Lady Colts also had four second-team selections: sophomore first baseman Baylee Adkins, junior catcher Emily Banks, freshman left fielder Madeleine Kalafut and junior right fielder Sydney Wilson.

Coahulla Creek’s six picks to the standout lineup tied with Ringgold, which had the Pitcher of the Year in Abby McKinney.

No other team had more than three selections.

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