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By JACE GREENE
With elimination on the line Friday night, the Harriman Lady Devils squared off on the softball diamond with the Lady Bears of Tellico Plains. With some late inning heroics on the bat of a freshman, the Lady Devils were able to advance in the District 3-A Tournament with a 4-2 win over the Lady Bears.
Katie Hall, the freshman with the hot bat in the bottom of the sixth, ripped a two-run double to give the Lady Devils the 4-2 lead on the evening. Hall's bat wasn't the only thing working for her on the evening as she scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game up for the Lady Devils.
Junior Haley Goldston, who has been dominant on the mound for the Lady Devils all season, stayed true to form on the evening, tossing a complete-game with six strikeouts for the Lady Devils.
The Lady Devils took the lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Abby Higgins reached base by getting hit by a pitch and was drove in on a hard hit ball by Ivory Peddicord.
The Lady Devils nor the Bears were able to produce much offense in the second inning as the lone hit for the Lady Devils in the inning was off the bat off freshman Alyssa Goldston.
The third inning is when things got a little uncomfortable for the Lady Devils as the Lady Bears started to get their bats rolling. Hayley Pittman opened up the inning with a double and wasn't standing there long as senior Tennessee Wesleyan signee Brayden Garren blasted a home run over the center field fence to give the Lady Bears a 2-1 lead in the top of the third.
The two runs were the first scored against Goldston and the Lady Devils this year by the Lady Bears.
Dee Boyd was able to pick up a hit of the Lady Devils in the bottom of the inning, but was stranded at third as the Lady Bears were able to head into the top of the fourth with a 2-1 lead.
Nothing changed until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Lady Devils were able to get back on the scoreboard.
Hall reached on a walk and was able to round all of the bases with very good base running. She scored on a close play at the plate on a wild pitch that tied the score at 2-2.
The Lady Bears once again were unable to get any runs on the board in the top of the sixth then Harriman put together a rally in the bottom of the inning.
With Kaitlin Abston reaching on a single and Chelsey Langley reaching on a walk, Hall was in a prime spot to grab the lead for the Lady Devils with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. With Sophomore Allison Clower pinch running, Hall hit a shot to right and was enough for her to be standing on second and Clower and Langley both crossing home plate as the Lady Devils took a 4-2 lead.
The Devils would not let go of that lead as they went on to close the game out and advance in the District 3-A Tournament.
Harriman plays Meigs County Monday.