MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Sequatchie County's Lady Indians looked like a different softball team Wednesday than the one that lost its opening-round game Tuesday in the TSSAA Class AA state tournament.
A five-run third inning helped the Lady Indians overcome an early deficit and they went on and defeated White House 6-3 at Starplex No. 2 in a losers-bracket game.
The next game for Sequatchie (24-13) is today at 11 a.m. EDT against either Greeneville or Greenbrier at Starplex No. 2.
Sequatchie coach Kelly Somerville said after playing so many home games recently, her players were out of their comfort zone with all the adjusting to the new environment they went through before playing Tuesday. She couldn't recall the last time her team made a costly error before the game against Lexington in which they made several costly errors.
The coach added that the team's attitude remained positive coming into the second game. That and a little batting practice helped.
"We got off the bus last night and hit in the parking lot," Somerville said of the trip back to the hotel rooms. "We hit for an hour today before we came over here. Today we got mentally prepared, as well as physically."
Sequatchie's 13-hit attack included two hits each by Bailey Longson, Katelynne Cheatham, Allyson Davenport, Amber Kilgore, Madi Presto and Ashley Moffitt. Cheatham's two-run double preceded Davenport's two-run single in the Lady Indians' big inning.
One of Longson's hits was a triple and one of Kilgore's was a double. Destini Carlton's groundout in the fifth drove in Sequatchie's final run.
Winning pitcher Emily Yell overcame a two-run first inning and limited White House to six hits.
"I'm not satisfied until we're done," Somerville said. "They've got the rest of their lives to talk about what they did. I told them 'Let's focus on what we need to do.'"
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Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.