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Rebels softball 2-2 so far at Tennessee tournament

March 25, 2017 GMT

Southwestern softball opened its season Thursday and Friday by evenly splitting four games in a tournament in Tennessee. On Thursday, Southwestern carried a 4-1 lead into the top of the fifth inning and still led 4-2 entering the sixth before Shelbyville Central plated seven runs over its final two at bats to deny the Rebels 9-4. Southwestern then bounced back from that - and a six-run first inning by VaVergne (Tenn.) - to win Thursday’s second game 9-7. On Friday, the Rebels defeated Moore County (Tenn.) in a 2-1 pitchers’ duel and then lost 12-3 to Forrest (Tenn.) in its second game. LaVergne jumped on Southwestern for six runs in the first but was then held in check untll the top of the seventh when the Wolverines plated a solo run. However, by that time the Rebels had a 9-6 lead and held on for the 9-7 win. Southwestern’s big inning was the second when an error and a single by Abby Ralston produced three runs. The Rebels took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth including an RBI ground out by Meagan Ralston and a Kelsi Brierly double that drove in the second. Southwestern ended up out-hitting LaVergne 12-11 but half of the Wolverines’ hits came in the first inning against Rebel starter Brittney Ralston, who retired just one batter before giving up all six runs on six hits. Brierly came on to put out the fire and earn the win, going 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out five and walking one. Michaela Mahoney, Meagan Ralston, Brierly and Brittney Ralston each collected multiple hits for Southwestern while Meagan Ralston and Brierly drove in two runs each. The earlier loss to Shelbyville Central saw Southwestern out-hit and out-pitched in a game that was still close until the top of the sixth when an RBI single gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good. Shelbyville Central out-hit Southwestern 16-9 but Abby Ralston was 4-of-4 for the Rebels, Kate Sampson was 2-for-3 and Brittney Ralston belted a home run. Brierly went the distance in the circle and gave up nine runs - eight of them earned - on the 16 hits and one walk. She struck out three. No detailed information was available on Friday’s games. Southwestern (2-2) hosts Silver Creek in its home opener Thursday.

Carroll drops 2 straight

After starting the season 2-1 with back-to-back wins over Owen Counthy and Bishop Brossart, Carroll County’s softball team has now lost two straight, 9-5 to Boone County on Thursday in Carrollton and 13-1 in five innings at Ryle on Friday. The Panthers, now 2-3, visit Lloyd Memorial on Tuesday