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By TYLER MANNING
With season’s end in sight, the Harriman Lady Devils looked to improve their seed for the tournament Tuesday evening as they hosted a doubleheader against district opponent Tellico Plains. Unfortunately, Harriman was shutout in both games by a score of 3-0 and 2-0, with stiff pitching and defense coming from both teams.
Runs were seldom to come by the whole night. The first game was made entertaining by heading into extra innings with no score and only four base hits combined.
Lady Devil sophomore pitcher Haley Goldston added another successful night on the mound despite the loss. She struck out seven of the first nine batters she went up against, and ended the first game with 14 strikeouts. She also had a no-hitter going through six innings.
Neither team posed a threat to score until the seventh inning, and that’s where Tellico Plains pulled away. The Lady Bears strung together three hits and capitalized off two errors to put the Lady Devils away 3-0.
Harriman's best scoring chance came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Abigail Higgins singled with two outs, followed by Ivory Peddicord reaching on an error.
Higgins, Peddicord, Kaitlyn Abston and Jadah Gallaher each had a hit for the Lady Devils in the loss.
Game two was much like game one, not much offense but a lot of defense on display. This time around there were even less hits than game one, with five total combined base hits compared to seven in game one.
Tellico Plains made their push in the last two innings of the game to secure the victory. In the top half of the fourth inning, the Lady Bears notched a single, and scored the next play by an error that gave Tellico Plains the lead for good at 1-0.
In the fifth, the Lady Bears earned a walk and put up another run by scoring off a wild pitch. That gave the Lady Bears a 2-0 win.
Freshman Marilyn Franklin took the loss for the Lady Devils despite giving up only three hits and three walks. She ended the night striking out four batters.
Harriman's best scoring chance came in the bottom of the third when a pitch hit Goldston with two outs followed by a walk to Darian Boyd.
Taylor Sells (2-2) had Harriman's only hits in the game.