Seniors step up in Eaglette win

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Shelbyville Central seniors, from left, Jami Johnson, Tiana Sanders, Jameka Braden and Tiffany Graves enjoyed Senior Night as well as a win in the opening round game of the District 8-AAA Tournament on Friday night. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)

Friday was a special night in more ways than one.

Shelbyville Central claimed a 10-1 victory over visiting Columbia in the opening round of the District 8-AAA Tournament and the win came on Senior Night as well.

Four Eaglette seniors (Jami Johnson, Tiana Sanders, Tiffany Graves and Jameka Braden) were honored following the game after a fine performance on the field by all the seniors and their teammates.

Senior salute

"This was just a great night for our softball team, especially for our seniors and their families. A special thanks to assistant coach Sam Dye for all the work she put for this night as well as all the parents. It was a great atmosphere and I know our seniors and their families will remember this night for ever," Shelbyville coach Shawn DiGianfelice said.

"All four of our seniors are just outstanding young ladies and they each have a plan after they graduate and I know they all will be successful in life. Sure, we wanted to win this first district tournament game but this night was all about our seniors."

The Eaglettes (17-7) jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning before adding another in the second.

Columbia's run came in the fifth frame with Shelbyville closing out the game with six unanswered runs.

Eaglette senior Jameka Braden ripped a pair of doubles and a single with two RBIs in a 10-1 victory over Columbia on Friday night. (T-G Photo by Gary Johnson)

Back in action

"I thought we played pretty well considering we haven't played in a week," DiGianfelice said. "We made some nice plays on defense, had some big hits and Jami threw the ball well."

Braden led the Eaglettes at the plate with a pair of doubles and a single with two RBIs in four at bats. Bailey Deason collected three singles with three RBIs, Baylee Cook contributed a pair of singles while Graves blasted a triple and Kendell Durard a double.

Johnson was very efficient in the circle, throwing only 48 pitches in seven innings. The right-hander only allowed three hits with no walks while collecting 14 ground ball outs.

Alexus Johnson's pair of singles led the Lady Lions.

Koya Lyes went the distance for Columbia, allowing a dozen hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Shelbyville returned to action on Saturday afternoon against Lincoln County.

Columbia 000 010 0 -- 1 3 2

Shelbyville 310 024 X -- 10 12 1

WP: Johnson

LP: Lyes