published Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Yellow Jackets to play Bremen in the deciding game for a trip to the Georgia state championships

CALHOUN, Ga. — The Calhoun concession stand sold out of Diet Coke before the second game of a double-header against Bremen.

The staff will need more because there will be a series-deciding game today at 5 p.m. The winner will head to the Elite Eight of the Class AA state championships next week in Columbus, Ga.

"I was happy after game one," Calhoun coach Diane Smith said. "But I'm upset after game two."

The Yellow Jackets came from behind to win the first game 3-1. Bremen roared back with an 11-run inning to win the second game 13-3 by mercy-rule fashion in the fifth inning.

"Hopefully it woke up the girls," Smith said. "Hey, now it's do-or-die. They have to come out and be ready to play. They can continue and extend their season, or it could be all over.

"It's up to them."

The medical staff may play a role as well.

Calhoun starting pitcher Alyssa Shawgo has been suffering through a lower back injury. She pitched all seven inning of the first game and struck out nine while allowing three hits. Shanta McDaniel, Taylor Kelly and Shawgo scored in the bottom of the sixth for more runs than Shawgo needed.

She started the second game and pitched three scoreless innings. Smith pulled her with Calhoun leading 3-0.

"I can always tell when she's hurting," said McDaniel, Calhoun's catcher. "There's a loss of control, and she's grabbing her back."

Hannah Wilson entered and surrendered a run. Bremen (22-7) began the bottom of the fourth by reaching on an error then drew two walks to load the bases. Smith re-inserted Shawgo.

That didn't go well. Shawgo struck out one, then seven straight batters reached. Smith went to third a pitcher, Kelly, but the damage had been done. And yet it continued.

The inning included one hit-by-pitch, four walks, seven hits, 12 runs 18 batters and three left on base.

"This team has unlimited potential," Bremen coach Amy Pointer said. "They made adjustments, they did not stay down and they kept fighting."

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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