Lady Dragons and Lady Mavs keep tourney hopes alive

Anderson County and Clinton advanced to the final four of the District 3-AAA Softball Tournament at AC’s Gary Houck Field Monday as the Lady Dragons outscored Central 13-5 after the Lady Mavericks shut out Karns 8-0 in a pair of elimination games.

AC and Clinton were scheduled to play an elimination game Tuesday before Powell went up against Halls in the winners’ bracket final of the double-elimination tournament.

During Monday’s opener, the Dragons scored four runs in the home first as Annabelle Jackson and Lexie Jacobik reached base before Halie Martin, Sophie Seviers, winning pitcher Skylar Newby and Angel Fields singled in runs. Sara Hammitt collected Clinton’s fourth run in the second as she reached on an error, stole a couple of bases and scored on an error.

The Lady Dragons built their lead to 10-3 in the fourth as Lacy Smith, Hammitt and Jackson reached base. After Smith scored on an error, Jacobik tripled home two runs before Martin tripled home Jacobik. Martin scored after Seivers struck out with the catcher dropping the third strike, forcing a throw to first for the putout as Seivers crossed the plate.

Central scored twice in the sixth and was threatening for more before Jacobik threw out a runner at third base for the final out of the inning.

Jacobik doubled home Jackson in the sixth inning before Newby helped her cause with a two-run homer. Newby retired the side 1-2-3 in the seventh to notch the win. AC’s shutout of Karns was another combined pitching performance by Hannah Bruce and Hannah Freeman. Bruce pitched the first four innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out five. Freeman gave up two hits over her three innings as she struck out two.

The Lady Mavs rallied in the third inning as Maddie Sickau and Jada Reeves reached before Gracie Webb’s groundout scored Sickau. Emilee Fowler’s home run with Reeves aboard added two more runs. After Bruce walked and was replaced by courtesy runner Abbie Buswell, the latter came around on Courtney Lively’s single.

Fowler’s homer with Reeves on base in the fourth built the AC advantage to 6-0. Sickau homered to lead off the sixth before Reeves singled, advanced on Gracie Webb’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Fowler’s single.

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