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Lady Waves, Devils still alive in 3-A tourney

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By Brownie Rose

The District 3-A Softball Tournament moved into its third round Wednesday at Tellico Plains with the offense being hard to come by for each of the four teams still alive.

Harriman eliminated Tellico Plains in the opening game Wednesday, 5-0. The Lady Devils won despite having only four hits in the game. 

Tellico Plains had just one hit in the loss.

In the winner’s bracket, Midway dropped a 5-1 decision to Grace Christian and had only four hits in the game. Grace had six hits, but scored only one earned run because of Midway errors.

The Thursday schedule would see Midway taking on Harriman in an elimination game. The winner would play a second game against Grace in the first of two possible championship games. If Midway or Harriman were to beat Grace in the first championship game they would again play Friday at Tellico Plains for the championship.

Harriman 

vs. Tellico Plains

Harriman pitcher Haley Goldston gave up only one hit to the Lady Bears and Tellico Plains might not have even threatened home plate if not for three Lady Devil errors and two walks by Goldston. She more than made up for the walks and errors by striking out eight Lady Bear batters.

Harriman scored the only run they would need in the second inning. Ivory Peddicord doubled to start the inning and was singled in by Kaitlyn Abston.

In the third inning, Jadah Gallaher was hit by as pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. Dee Boyd singled to score Gallaher.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Harriman put the game away with three runs in the fifth. The first three Harriman batters made it to base on Tellico errors. Laci Sells was the first and scored when Gallaher reached on the second error. Goldston reached on an error that pushed in Gallaher. Goldston scored later when Abigail Higgins bounced out.

Goldston picked only the fourth Harriman hit when she singled in the seventh.

Midway 

vs. Grace Christian

Midway tried to take charge in the opening inning against Grace as Alex Richardson singled and Christina Stansbury walked after two were out, but neither would score after Raygn Hall flew out to end the inning.

Grace scored two first inning runs, but Midway tried to answer in the top of the second. Alisa Barger singled to begin the inning. She tried to steal second but was cut down. After an out, Kaylee Burton doubled, but was left stranded.

The next four innings would see the Lady Waves fail to get a runner on base. They did rally in the seventh, but down 5-0 they wouldn't be able to catch up. 

Stansbury walked to start the inning. Hall singled to move Stansbury to third. Barger bounced out, but drove in Stansbury. 

Hall pitched well enough to win. She gave up only six hits and walked only one. She had five strikeouts. 

 Midway committed three errors. Two of the errors came in the third inning that allowed Grace to score three more runs.