DUNLAP, Tenn. - A scary moment became a triumphant one for the Sequatchie County Lady Indians on Monday as they squeezed past Upperman 1-0 in the teams' Region 4-AA softball semifinal.
Sequatchie (21-12) will host DeKalb County on Wednesday for the region championship at 6 p.m EDT. DeKalb edged Bledsoe County 5-4 at Smithville.
This marked the third consecutive year the Lady Indians had faced Upperman and pitcher Kristen Hull in the region tournament - in the final in 2012 and in a semifinal last year - and had yet to score until Monday.
It happened in the second inning, beginning with Katelynne Cheatham being beaned by Hull. She was able to stay in the game and moved to second on a wild pitch, was bunted to third by Allyson Davenport and scored on Amber Kilgore's sacrifice fly.
Emily Yell earned the pitching win for the Lady Indians, but not without a battle. Upperman outhit the home team 8-3.
Sequatchie coach Kelly Somerville said Yell was helped tremendously by her defense. With a runner on second base and two out in the fifth, center fielder Madi Presto threw the tying run out at home on what Somerville said was not a close play. With runners on third and second with two out in the sixth, second baseman Davenport snared a line drive.
"That was a big, big play," Somerville said. "That definitely would've at least tied it up."
• Meigs County 9, Oliver Springs 3: At Oliver Springs in Region 2-A, a five-run seventh broke open the game for Meigs, which got a huge night from Angel Davis. She finished with three hits, including a home run, driving in three runs and throwing out a runner at the plate from left field. Morgan Boggess pitched her 18th win, allowing three hits.
• Polk County 9, Hixson 1: At Benton in Region 3-AA, Aubrie Bowman had a perfect three-hit day that included a home run and a double, and Hannah Triplett scattered six hits for the Lady Wildcats. Polk will host Central on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for the region title.
• Soddy-Daisy 14, Rhea County 3: At Soddy-Daisy in Region 3-AAA, the Lady Trojans rolled into the region final behind Haley Reynolds' six RBIs. Reynolds' grand slam was the biggest hit among the Lady Trojans' 16 hits in the five-inning game. Emily Edwards was the winning pitcher. Savannah Moore drove in three runs with a triple and a double. They will host Cookeville in Wednesday's region final.
• Cookeville 4, Walker Valley 3: At Cookeville in Region 3-AAA, Bety Lopez's pop-fly single drove in the tiebreaking run with none out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Emilee Spann went 2-for-3 for Walker Valley, including an RBI double. Hallie Davis had an inside-the-park home run for the Lady Mustangs, who ended their season 33-15.