District 9-AA Softball Tournament round-up: Top seeds still alive

Heritage’s Staten Holmes rips a single against Cheatham Co. on Wednesday at White House.

As of Sunday night, the four top seeds in the double-elimination District 9-AA softball tournament, Greenbrier, Westmoreland, White House and White House Heritage, are still alive and fighting for two spots in the region tournament.

White House and White House Heritage will play in an elimination game at 5 p.m. Monday and top seeds Greenbrier and Westmoreland will play at 7 p.m.

The winner of the Greenbrier vs. Westmoreland game clinches a spot in the district championship (which will be played Wednesday and Thursday, if necessary) as well as the Region 5-AA tournament. The loser of the game will play the winner of White House vs. White House Heritage in an elimination game on Tuesday night. All games are bring played at White House High School.

Here is a recap of the games so far involving local teams.

KRIS FREEMAN

Sports Information Director

White House High School

FRIDAY MAY 3: WHITE HOUSE 6, CHEATHAM CO 3

The event hosts Lady Devils broke open a tight scoreless game in the top of the fourth Friday night and eliminated Cheatham County from the District 9-AA softball tournament at Chuck Davis Field.

Chloe Hart singled to open the fourth and Miranda Cain reached on an error and then Mallory Gut put the first run on the board with an RBI double to score Hart. Cain raced in on a wild pitch and so did Gut for a 3-0 lead.

Kaylee Rogers opened the fifth to beat out an error at third and then Cain singled before Sydnee Frakes blasted an opposite field double that nearly cleared the ballpark to make it 5-0.

Mallory Gut was spectacular through the first five innings, allowing only two hits, but Sarah Bumpus put Cheatham County on the board with a solo home run to center.

White House added a run in the sixth when Kyra McCall singled and Hannah Crabtree reached on a throwing error by the catcher to score a run and push the lead to 6-1.

Sycamore threatened in the sixth and got the tying run to the plate, all with two outs.

Jolie Gauvain drew a two out walk and Libby Thompson singled, then an error at short continued the inning off the bat of Harper Dee to score two runs. Jesse Bumpus reached on an infield single but McCall made a brilliant play in front of the plate to retire Molly Gupton at first to end the inning and a 6-3 score.

Frakes, who was 3-4 on the game, singled in the seventh but was stranded, but the Lady Cubs did not mount a rally in the bottom half and ended the game.

Catcher McCall made a diving stop on a foul ball for the second out.

Gut earned the win as White House improved to 18-18 for the season and Gut moved to 11-10 in the circle. Mallory allowed three runs on three hits and struck out seven for the victory. Cheatham County was eliminated and Harper Dee took the loss.

FRIDAY, MAY 3: WHITE HOUSE HERITAGE 8, SYCAMORE 3

After a minor pre-game injury sidelined lead off hitter Staten Holmes for the first part of the game, the rest of the White House Heritage Lady Patriots responded to the adversity in style with an 8-3 victory over Sycamore.

White House Heritage remained alive in the District 9-AA Softball Tournament in the loser’s bracket and will play an elimination game Monday at 5 p.m. against tournament host White House. Sycamore was eliminated.

Holmes returned to the game and played the rest of the way, but without her in the first inning the Lady Patriots came out swinging and put three runs on the board. Hayden Duff tripled to lead off the bottom half and scored on her own at-bat when the ball was misplayed in right field to make it 1-0.

Alex Martin then singled and Kailee Gilreath doubled with two outs to bring her home, then Brynna Hinshaw singled her home to make it 3-0. After Audrey Brinkley walked, Julie Glodoski singled to center but Alycia Pennington threw out Hinshaw at the plate.

Heritage got four in the bottom of the third to extend the margin to 7-0. Kinsley Caruthers and Gilreath singled, then Hinshaw did the same, and Audrey Brinkley reached on a bunt base hit. Holmes returned to the game and singled after Glodoski added a sac fly as the Patriots plated four runs.

Hinshaw was perfect in the circle through three but walked Pennington to lead off the fourth and Courtney Pinkston followed with a double and scored later in the inning on a ground out to close the gap to 7-2.

Carlee Duke doubled to right in the fourth and scored on a sac fly by Hinshaw, even though Caruthers was thrown out at third on the same play. Heritage took an 8-2 lead and Pinkston hit a one-out home run in the sixth for the eventual final score.

THURSDAY, MAY 2: GREENBRIER 4, WHITE HOUSE HERITAGE 3

Shelby Clay doubled off the left center wall to drive in Gracie Rudd in the bottom of the sixth inning as Greenbrier broke a tie and defeated White House Heritage, 4-3, in the District 9-AA winner’s bracket on Thursday.

Rudd singled to start the sixth and was sacrificed to second by Kayla Doble before the big hit. Clay was 2-4 with two doubles in the game.

White House Heritage got the tying and potential winning runs on base in the top of the seventh, but Carlee Duke grounded out hard between short and third, stranding Staten Holmes and Alex Martin. Holmes reached on a two-out error at third and then Martin singled before the Lady Patriots could not get them home to end the game.

The pitchers’ duel between Greenbrier’s Snowden Scott and White House Heritage’s Kinsley Caruthers was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Greenbrier took advantage of two errors to create a 3-0 lead. But Heritage struck back with two in the fifth and then tied the game in the top of the sixth.

Zoe Merrill led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and Carley Clinard then reached on an error, and the big blow came when Snowden Scott doubled to make it 2-0. After a two-out walk to Emily Rogers and Clay, Raylon Roach grounded to short and an error allowed the third run to score. The Lady Bobcats left the bases loaded when Kimberly Cox flew out to center.

Heritage came right back with two outs in the fifth with back-to-back singles by Brynna Hinshaw and Audrey Brinkley, then Holmes drilled a double two plate both runs but was stranded at third to end the inning on a ground out.

Greenbrier went quietly in the fifth and Heritage got one more in the top of the sixth Caruthers reached on an error with one out but was thrown out at third on a single by Kailee Gilreath. Gilreath then scored as Hayden Duff singled to tie the game but was stranded.

Greenbrier took the lead in the sixth for good.

Caruthers allowed four runs on four hits and had three strikeouts. Scott did not allow a hit until the fourth but allowed three runs on seven hits overall and had six strikeouts.

THURSDAY, MAY 2: WESTMORELAND 7, WHITE HOUSE 2

Westmoreland scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday night at White House to dispatch the Lady Devils 7-2 in the winner’s bracket semifinal.

White House led 2-1 with runners on first and second and one out in the top of the fifth, but could not score and Westmoreland took advantage in the bottom half.

Aubrey Brinkley led off with a walk and Zoey Fuller reached on a fielder’s choice with one out with Presley sliding in safely ahead of the tag at third. Karlie Harris singled to tie the game and then Mallory

White launched a two-out double to plate two runs and make it 4-2. Brooke Meador singled home another run and then Avery Morris smashed a two-run home run to center for a 7-2 lead.

White House got two on in the sixth on singles by Kyra McCall and Kennedy Butterworth but stranded them after one out.

Pitcher Aubree Presley worked a quick and painless seventh inning to finish the complete game. She allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out five.

White House struck first in the second inning when senior Sydnee Frakes blasted a line drive home run over the right center fence, just clearing the top of the wall on a rocket shot to make it 1-0. Kaylee Rogers led off the third with a single and Mallory Gut tripled with two outs, but Westmoreland chose not to pitch to Frakes again and the strategy worked as the Lady Devils grounded out for the third out and keep it 2-0.

Westmoreland got a one-out single from Jordan Bandy, who later came around to score on a single and error by Karlie Harris to make it 2-1 in the fourth.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1: WHITE HOUSE 8, SYCAMORE 1

It was a slow start and the weather didn’t help, but White House methodically put away Sycamore 8-1 in the opening round of the District 9-AA softball tournament Wednesday night at home.

The host of the tournament, White House waited out a near two-hour weather delay during the opening round contest between White House Heritage and Cheatham County, and first pitch didn’t happen until 8 p.m.

Sycamore jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and never scored again, as Mallory Gut shook off the lead-off walk and pitched brilliantly to even White House at 17-17 for the season and her own record to 10-9 overall.

Gut struck out three, but made her work on ground ball outs. She allowed one hit in the top of the seventh when Courtney Pinkston led off with a single to bust the no-hitter. At one point, Gut recorded nine straight outs by ground ball from the second to the fifth inning. She got 15 ground ball outs in the game on a night where the field was wet and conditions were slow.

Alycia Pennington walked and then scored on a ground out in the first inning, and Kyra McCall singled with two outs in the second and came around to score after a single by Hannah Crabtree and an error in the outfield to plate the run.

White House took a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Gut singled after smashing a towering fly ball that was ruled foul nearly 100 feet past the left field foul pole. But settling back in, she smacked a single through the circle and senior Sydnee Frakes followed with a double and Kate Tobin singled, but was cut down at third base when Kennedy Butterworth reached on an error.

Chloe Hart was 2-3 with a double and a triple, but was thrown out at the plate on a sac fly attempt off the bat of Miranda Cain in the fifth to preserve the score.

White House added five in the bottom of the sixth.

Gut and Frakes singled, then Hannah Crabtree reached on an error and Butterworth singled followed by a triple from Kaylee Rogers. She scored on a wild pitch and all five Lady Devils crossed the plate in the frame after reaching base before Hart was stranded for the third time on a walk.

Gut, Frakes and Hart were all 2-3 in the game.

WEDNESDAY MAY 1: WHITE HOUSE HERITAGE 11, CHEATHAM COUNTY 5

Hayden Duff connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and White House Heritage earned a rain-delayed 11-5 win over Cheatham County in day one of the District 9-AA Tournament.

Staten Holmes led off with a single and Alex Martin reached on an error then Carlee Duke walked, followed by a one-out double from Kailee Gilreath and home run to make it 5-0.

Cheatham County got a run following a two-out single from Nikki Farmer in the top of the fourth, then a single by Sarah Bumpus and double by Jolie Gauvain. But Heritage battled right back to take a 9-1 lead before the lightning and storm came, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Brynna Hinshaw singled but was cut down on a fielder’s choice by Harmony Jones, who later came around to score. Holmes singled and score, Martin again reached on an error and fielder’s choice and scored and Duke doubled and came in when Caruthers singled and moved up on an error. The inning ended with the Lady Patriots leading 9-1.

After the delay, Ansley Pfeffer doubled and then consecutive singles by Libby Thompson, Harper Dee and Jesse Bumpus made it 9-5 as all of them came around to score, but the Lady Cubs stranded two runners on with one out and a chance to get back into the game further.

Heritage then added two more in the bottom of the sixth, with a walk to Martin and two-out singles by Gilreath and Duff.

Caruthers and Hinshaw combined for the win in the circle, and Harper Dee took the loss for the Cubs.

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