What trouble Central pitcher Brooke Parrott found herself in Monday, she managed to get herself out of.
That, coupled with some unearned runs in the fifth inning, lifted the Lady Purple Pounders past McMinn Central 2-0 in a Region 3-AA high school softball semifinal at Central.
Central (26-9) will host Sweetwater at 7 p.m. in Wednesday's region final. The Lady Wildcats advanced by beating Red Bank 9-1.
Parrott struck out the first eight batters before surrendering a double. She then struck out the next batter.
She hit two Chargerettes starting the fourth. Then the second and final hit she allowed, a pop-fly single to center, loaded the bases before she struck out the side to escape the jam. She did not allow a walk and totaled 16 strikeouts.
Amanda Roy and Ina Henderson led off Central's fifth with singles. Roy ended up scoring on a throwing error and Henderson was called safe at home on a fielder's choice when her slide knocked the ball from the catcher's glove.
Makayla Gill had two of the Lady Pounders' seven hits.
"We hit it a few times but never could get anything going," Central coach LeeAnne Shurette said. "We got some runners on and got them over in the first two or three innings but didn't get them in. Hitting practice it is for tomorrow."
* Meigs County 10, Coalfield 0: Five-run rallies in the third and fifth innings was all the host Lady Tigers needed to dispose of Coalfield by mercy rule in five innings.
Meigs (33-2) will host Tellico Plains on Wednesday in the region final at 7 p.m.
Kaylie Moore's two-run triple was the big hit in the third. Lindsey Ward had a two-run double in the fifth.
Winning pitcher Ashley Rogers threw a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts. Aubrey Reed went 3-for-3 and scored twice and Moore finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Jade Meadows was 2-for-3 with a double.
"We played well," Meigs coach Jeff Davis said. "Obviously you play good defense when they don't hit it anywhere. Considering we hadn't played since Thursday, I thought we swung it pretty good."
* Sweetwater 9, Red Bank 1: The turning point may have been when the Lionettes loaded the bases with one out in the fourth down 1-0 and didn't score. They ended up leaving eight on base, and the Lady Wildcats put it away with a seven-run sixth.
Kendall Farr was 2-for-3 for Red Bank (18-10), which avoided the shutout in the seventh when Hanna Land walked, advanced on a wild pitch, moved to third on Destiny Painter's one-out single and scored on a two-out wild pitch.
* DeKalb County 9, Sequatchie County 0: DeKalb, which ended visiting Sequatchie's season, will host Macon County in Wednesday's region final.