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By Brownie Rose

 

The Harriman Lady Blue Devils pulled off an upset and Midway nearly did the same in the second round of the District 3-A Tournament Monday night in Harriman. 

No. 4 seed Harriman gutted out a 2-1 upset of top seed Meigs County in the opening game, and then in the nightcap, it took 11 innings before No. 2 seed Grace Christian held off No. 3 Midway, 3-2.

Monday’s results leaves Harriman one win away from to next week’s Region 2-A Tournament while Midway will need to win two straight to make it to next week.

Harriman vs. Meigs County

Haley Goldston pitched the game of her life in the opening contest in leading the Lady Devils to victory. 

Goldston allowed only two hits and one walk to Meigs County. The one run was scored off an error in the first inning.

Goldston struck out seven Lady Tigers to get the win.

Harriman had only three hits in the game and they came after they scored their two runs. 

After getting no-hit in the first three innings, Goldston drew a walk to begin the fourth inning then Darian Boyd reached on an error next to give Harriman had runners on second and third. 

After an out, Marilyn Franklin ripped a pitch to center field that was dropped, allowing both Goldston and Boyd to score. 

Alyssa Goldston got the first Harriman hit with a single in the fifth. Abigail Higgins singled in the sixth then Alyssa Goldston picked up another hit with a double in the seventh. 

But it would be the pitching of Haley Goldston that gave Harriman the win. She struck out two of the three outs needed in the sixth. In the seventh, Goldston got two infield pop ups and a slow grounder back to the circle for the final out of the game.

Midway vs. Grace Christian

Midway did just about everything right against Grace except win the game.

The problem for Midway all year has been leaving runners on base and that was a problem again on Monday as the Lady Waves stranded 13 runners in 11 innings.

Midway pitcher Payton Kelley also pitched a whale of a game. She allowed only three runs on six hits and one walk. Kelley had 15 strikeouts.

Midway’s offense did appear to have caught up with Lady Ram pitcher Jessica Webb. During the two games in the regular season, Midway had only two hits against Webb. However, they picked up two hits quickly Monday night.

Kallie Sohm singled in the first and Raygn Hall reached on an error, but both remained on base at the end of the inning.

Sohm also ripped a triple to the fence in the third inning, but she couldn't score.

Jayde Rose and Kelley had back-to-back hits in the fourth but Rose would get cut down at home plate on a close call for the third out of the inning.

Midway went up 1-0 with a run in the fifth. 

Jaime Kilby singled to start the inning. After an out, Sohm was hit by a pitch then Hall singled to score Kilby from third. 

Rose then beat out an infield single to load the bases, but again all three would be left on base.

In the seventh, Sohm was hit by a pitch again, which drew a warning from the home plate umpire for Webb. Hall singled again, but both would be left on base.

Midway broke the tie with a run in the 10th. 

Per tiebreaker rules for softball, the last batter would begin at second base starting in the 10th. Sohm started at second and stole third. Rose smacked a hard bouncer up the middle to easily score Sohm. Kelley singled behind Rose, but again both would be left on base.

Grace tied the game twice with runs in the bottom of the fifth and again with a run in the bottom of the 10th.

Midway failed to put anyone on base in the 11th except the runner at second. 

Grace got the win without swinging the bat. The runner started at second and made a dash for third. Midway catcher Katy Brookshire threw down to third, but the ball got away as the Lady Rams scored to get the win.