MURFREESBORO — The Community Viqueens led midway through the game, but two home runs gave the Westview Lady Chargers the lead and the Lady Chargers capped the game with a big seventh inning as …
MURFREESBORO — The Community Viqueens led midway through the game, but two home runs gave the Westview Lady Chargers the lead and the Lady Chargers capped the game with a big seventh inning as the Viqueens fell 11-3 in an opening round game of the TSSAA Class 2-A state softball tournament Tuesday afternoon.
Fresh off a sectional win the night before against Westmoreland, Community (20-12-1) looked to carry its momentum to Murfreesboro as the Viqueens made their second consecutive trip to the big dance.
The Lady Chargers scored first with a run in the second inning on three hits, but the Viqueens dodged a big inning as Westview left the bases loaded.
After the Lady Chargers left two runners stranded in the third inning, the Viqueens took the lead in the bottom of the inning after the first two batters were retired.
Alana Tate started the rally with a base hit and Abby Murrill followed with a double, putting runners at second and third as Abi Brown came to the plate. Brown came through with a single to left, scoring two runs and giving the Viqueens a 2-1 lead.
Westview rebounded with four runs in the top of the fourth. The Viqueens looked to get out of the inning relatively unscathed after a Lady Charger sacrifice fly tied the game and left two runners on base with two outs, but a 3-run homer by Addie Roberts broke the tie and gave the Lady Chargers a 5-2 lead.
A home run by McCall Simms in the top of the sixth put Westview up 6-2, but the Viqueens rallied in the bottom of the sixth. After loading the bases with two outs, a Chloe West single cut the Lady Charger lead to 6-3, but Community could not do any further damage as Westview took its lead to the seventh inning.
The Lady Chargers proceeded to put the game out of reach with five runs.
Two hits, coupled with three walks and a Viqueen error aided in the scoring as Westview increased its lead and ended the scoring for the game.
The Viqueens had eight hits, with Brown leading the way with three singles while Murrill finished with a double and single.
Annie Prince started on the mound for the Viqueens with Taylar Wessner in relief. Prince returned to pitch later in the game.
Community will face Kingston Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Starplex as the Viqueens move to the losers’ bracket in the tournament.
If the Viqueens win, Community would advance and play again at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Westview 010 401 5 — 11 10 1
Community 002 001 0 — 3 8 2
Westview: McCall Simms 3-for-4, Lakyn Rogers 2-for-4, Addie Roberts 1-for-5, Piper Johnson 1-for-2, Jillian Brigance 1-for-4, Sarah Byars 1-for-2, Cara Brooke Hatler 1-for-4.
Community: Abi Brown 3-for-4, Abby Murrill 2-for-4, Chloe West 1-for-3, Anna Haskins 1-for-4, Alana Tate 1-for-4.