Opening its season with a 6-3 win over White House to start the Commando Classic in Hendersonville on Thursday, the Tullahoma High School softball team closed out the tournament with back-to-back four-inning losses on Friday.
Leading 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Wildcats couldn’t hang on to that lead, as Lewisburg (Mississippi) rallied, plating three runs to secure the 6-5 win. Tullahoma followed that by scoring just one run in its second matchup of the day, falling to Wilson Central 5-1.
The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to take on Bearden on Saturday. However, due to weather delaying the start of the Hendersonville tournament, Tullahoma elected to forego the contest.
Lewisburg rallies for 6-5 win
In the opener on Friday, the Lady Wildcats grabbed the early lead over Lewisburg, plating a run in the top of the first inning. Aly Barfield reached base on a two-out single and later came around to score after Macy Ferrell hit an RBI line-drive double to left field.
The Patriots gained the lead in the bottom half of the inning, plating three runs in the frame. Madison Haley reached on a walk, before Anna Gregg reached base on an infield single. Both runners advanced a base after Elizabeth Busby laid down a sacrifice bunt.
Haley scored on a passed ball, tying the contest at 1, before Maddie Brower drew a walk in her at-bat. Brower stole second later in the inning, and both she and Gregg scored on a two-out base hit by Taylor Lott, giving Lewisburg a 3-1 edge.
Just as quickly, Tullahoma regained the lead, putting up four runs in the top of the second inning, all off the bat of Barfield. Allie Torres drew a walk to lead off the inning, before Shyanne Sheffield drew a two-out walk of her own and Jami Stinson reached on an infield single, loading the bases.
With a 1-2 count, Barfield got a hold of pitch to deep left center field, hitting the grand slam, and giving the Lady Wildcats a 5-3 advantage.
That lead remained intact until Lewisburg rallied in the bottom of the fourth. Lott doubled to start the frame, before Hannah Champion reached base on an error and later swiped second base in the inning.
Haley shortly drove in Lott with an infield single and Champion scored on an error by Tullahoma, tying the contest at five. Gregg reached base on an infield single, allowing Haley to advance to third base.
With one out in the inning, Busby hit a deep fly ball to right field and Haley was able to race home, plating the game-winning run, sealing the 6-5 victory for Lewisburg.
Mo Edde got the start for Tullahoma, taking the loss. In 3.2 innings, she allowed six runs, five earned, six hits, three walks and struck out three hitters.
Katie Brownlee started for Lewisburg, tossing two innings, giving up five runs, four hits, three walks and striking out one batter. Champion came in and tossed the final two innings for the Patriots, receiving the win after allowing just a walk and striking out two hitters.
Wilson Central downs THS 5-1
In the second matchup of the day, Tullahoma again grabbed a 1-0 edge, this time scoring in the bottom of the first inning. However, Wilson Central plated four runs in the top of the second and added one more in the fifth, shutting out THS the remainder of the way in the 5-1 victory.
Sheffield led off the bottom of the first inning with a single for Tullahoma. She later scored when Barfield lined a one-out double to center field, giving THS a 1-0 advantage.
That lead was short-lived as Eboni Jordan drew a walk to start the top of the second inning, before Gracie Hill came in as a pinch runner. Hill took second base on a passed ball before scoring on an RBI single by Alaina Morris, tying the contest at 1.
Brooke Pfefferle ripped a double to center field. With one out in the inning, Ashley Foster hit a two-RBI single to right field, plating both Morris and Pfefferle. Foster plated the final run of the inning after Claire Smith hit an RBI single to center field, giving Wilson Central a 4-1 lead.
After keeping Tullahoma scoreless in the bottom of the second, Wilson Central put up the final run of the game in top of the third. Kaylee Richetto led off the inning with a base hit, before Laney Tucker came in to pinch run. Jordan followed with a double to right field as Tucker scored, making it a 5-1 ballgame.
Madison Barnett got the start for Tullahoma, taking the loss. In two innings, she allowed four runs, five hits and a walk. Jenna Jones pitched the final two innings for Tullahoma, giving up a run, four hits and a walk.
Tullahoma is next scheduled to open District 8-AAA Play on Monday with a trip to Lawrence County. That trip will be a varsity-only contest, getting underway at 6 p.m.
Following that, the Lady Wildcats will take part in the Southern Warrior Classic on Thursday through Saturday in Murfreesboro. Tullahoma will open that tournament on Thursday with a pair of rematches, first taking on White House at 2 p.m., followed by Wilson Central at 4 p.m. Both Thursday games are scheduled to take place at Wilson Central High School.
The Lady Wildcats will then face Independence on Friday at 2 p.m. at Barfield Park on field number six. Tullahoma will close out the tournament on Saturday by facing Vestavia Hills (Alabama) at 12 p.m. at McKnight Park field number 4.