By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
So far in the 2013 high school softball season, McCreary Central has had their way with Southwestern in their two regular season match-ups.
The Southwestern Lady Warriors will get a chance to get a little revenge against McCreary Central, as the two teams will meet up in the 48th District Softball Championship.
Jim Woodall’s Lady Warriors will not only get a chance to beat the Lady Raiders for the first time this season, but they will look to their eighth district title in a row.
The Lady Warriors advanced to the championship game with a five-inning, 12-2 victory over Wayne County on Monday night in the opening round of the 48th District Softball Tournament at Wayne County.
In a must-win game to make it to the 12th Region Softball Tournament, the Wayne County Lady Cardinals were simply no match for Southwestern.
“This game tonight was the game we had to have to make it to Region,” told Woodall. “Wayne County’s bats had no answer for Sydney Fourman's pitching and their pitching had no answer to our bats. We had, I think 12 hits for the night, and every single player contributed. Destiny Molden's homer was a huge nail in the demise. Our defense played ‘lights out’ Wayne County was out pitched, out hit, and out defended.”
The Lady Warriors came out hitting in the ten-run victory over Wayne County, as they scored 12 runs on 14 hits. Three players - Sarah Smith, Destiny Molden, and Hope Bruner - tied for a game-high three hits, while Sydney ‘Dozer’ Fourman chimed in with two hits.
Fourman had a double and a triple in the contest, while Molden had a home run and Allie Venable hit a triple. Bruner, Smith, Molden, and Shantelle Woodall, all had two RBI’s in the victory, while Fourman and Venable each had one.
On the hill, Fourman got the victory for the Lady Warriors. The junior, who pitched all five innings for the ‘Blue and Orange,’ gave up two unearned runs on five hits and had a lone strikeout.
Despite a victory over Wayne County moving Southwestern into next week’s regional tournament, Woodall and the Lady Warriors won’t be satisfied unless they pick-up a victory over the Lady Raiders of McCreary Central.
“Tonight’s win proved that hard work does pay off - and my girls saw the results of their hard work here tonight,” Woodall said. “It was our night, but we aren't celebrating because we have some unfinished business with McCreary Central. It'll be a war tomorrow, but we're ready - we are looking forward to the challenge.
Look for details of last night’s 48th District Championship game in this edition of the Commonwealth Journal.
WC - 0 1 0 0 1 - 2 5 1
SW - 0 0 3 5 4 - 12 14 4
WP - Fourman (SW)
2B - Fourman (SW)
3B - Fourman, Venable (SW)
HR - Molden (SW)
RBI - Woodall 2, Bruner 2, Smith 2, Molden 2, Fourman, Venable (SW)