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Fadnek leads Coalfield past Lady Waves in Region 2-A title game, 2-0

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By Brian Langley

For 28 straight games, Midway's softball team had went without being shutout. Coalfield junior flame thrower Lindsey Fadnek ended that streak by firing a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 Lady Jackets Region 2-A Championship win Wednesday evening.

It was the fourth straight meeting for the Region 2-A Title between the two East Tennessee softball powers. Coalfield (27-4) evened up the regional title series at 2-2 following their shutout victory. The Lady Jackets also won 1-0 in 2009, while Midway (19-2) captured a 3-0 victory in 2007 and an 8-5 triumph in 2010.

Coalfield's Fadnek fanned 13 batters to snap Midway's winning streak at 15 games.

It wasn't only Fadnek's arm that did damage to Midway's Region 2-A title hopes. Her bat turned out to be golden too. She hit a solo home run to left center with two outs in the bottom of the first and that run stood up as the game-winner.

Midway's Christina Stansbury ripped a double to right field to lead off the top of the third, but Fadnek left her there with two strikeouts and a pop up.

The Lady Waves threatened again in the top of the fourth with Danielle Borum getting a single and Taylor Narramore drawing a walk. However, a strikeout, a fielder's choice, and another strikeout by Fadnek kept Midway from crossing the plate.

Stansbury picked up another hit in the fifth, but she could only get as close as second base with three straight ground outs. 

Meanwhile, Coalfield came through with an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Cierra Sheldon lined an RBI-double to bring home Andrea Foster for a 2-0 lead.

Midway's Stansbury lined her third hit of the game with a single to left center with one out in the top of the seventh, but she was left stranded as Fadnek added another strikeout and a ground out to first baseman Keisha Berry to end the game.

Coalfield's five-hit attack was led by Cierra Sheldon (3-3, 1 2B 1 RBI), Lindsey Fadnek (1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 run) and Andrea Foster (1-2, 1 run). 

Christina Stansbury (3-3, 1 2B) was Midway's top slugger.

Coalfield's Fadnek (13 Ks) improved to 26-4 on the season with the win, while Midway's Alex Richardson (8 Ks) took the loss.

Both teams will play Friday evening with a berth in the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro.

Coalfield will host the loser of Thursday’s Region 1-A championship game between Unaka and University School of Johnson City while Midway travels to the winner of that game.

Midway lost to Unaka in last year’s sectional, 5-4. 

 The TSSAA Class A State Tournament begins Tuesday in Murfreesboro.