Soddy-Daisy plays for state title
After winning 10-0 in five innings over the team that put them in the losers bracket of the Class AAA state softball tournament, Brentwood High, Soddy-Daisy’s Lady Trojans edged Mt. Juliet 1-0 in nine innings to force a second championship game Saturday. Nikki Waters pitched a two-hitter in each game Friday and singled in the run against Mt. Juliet.
In the Division II tournament, GPS beat Baylor 8-1 but lost 4-2 to Father Ryan in the championship game. That made the Bruisers the state runners-up for the second straight year.
In the boys’ track and field state meet, Brainerd’s James McDowell won the Class A/AA 100-meter dash, Notre Dame’s Henry Crutcher won the Class A/AA high jump, Baylor’s Antonio Frazier and McCallie’s Ifreke Okpokowuruk were first and second in the Division II shot put and McCallie’s Evan Ellison won the Division II 400 dash.
Baylor wins state baseball title
Baylor won the TSSAA Division II state baseball championship today in Murfreesboro with a 5-0 win over Battle Ground Academy. Michael Brown was 2-for-3 and batted in three runs, and Trey Dyer and Michael Elliott also had two hits apiece for the Red Raiders, who finished the season 37-9.
GPS 8, Baylor 1
GPS got a five-RBI performance from C.C. Gordon and broke its season-long tie with Baylor on Friday with an 8-1 victory over the Lady Raiders in the Division II high school softball state tournament at Murfreesboro’s Starplex No. 3.
GPS advances to the final at 6:30 p.m. Eastern and will play Father Ryan. The Bruisers must win to force a second championship game Saturday.
Baylor coach Kelli Smith likened the game against its East Region rival to the seventh game of the World Series, considering each team entered 26-12 and 3-3 head-to-head on the year.
The game was tied at 1 before Gordon hit a two-run single in the third inning. She added a three-run double in the fifth. Each hit came after a walk to No. 4-batter Jessica Phillips, the second intentional.
Phillips had hit a run-scoring double in the first inning. Kamri Chester’s two-run homer to center in the seventh capped the scoring.
Baylor tied it in the bottom of the first. Lindsay Miller singled, advanced when the hit was misplayed, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on Sam Everett’s triple.
“I’m really proud of the kids,” said Smith, whose team finished third. “We start one senior, one eighth-grader and a lot of freshmen and sophomores. We knew it was going to be a growing and rebuilding year. We had some struggles earlier in the year, but these kids showed a lot of desire and determination. Except for the ‘If’ game, we played until the last day of the softball season.”
Soddy-Daisy 10, Brentwood 0
Soddy-Daisy vented its anger Friday against the team that dropped the Lady Trojans into the losers bracket in the Class AAA softball state-tournament opener Tuesday.
After winning pitcher Nikki Waters recorded two of her nine strikeouts in the first inning, Soddy-Daisy rallied for five runs in the bottom half and went on for a 10-0 five-inning victory over Brentwood High at Starplex No. 1 in Murfreesboro.
Soddy-Daisy (36-4) advances to the final where it will face Mt. Juilet tonight at 7:30 Eastern.
Waters finished with a two-hitter with no walks. She was also 2-for-2 and drove in a run.
Kacy Cooper and Stacey Fairbanks each hit a two-RBI single in the first inning. Fairbanks was also 2-for-2.
Katie Blevins went 2-for-3, including capping the Lady Trojans’ five-run fourth with a three-run homer.