East Union’s Lady Urchins celebrate winning the ICC summer league tournament on Monday night. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
BY DENNIS CLAYTON
FULTON – East Union capped their summer league season at ICC by winning the league tournament on Monday. The Lady Urchins defeated Mooreville 3-1 in their first game and edged Amory 5-2 in the championship to take home the trophy.
“Softball’s a funny game,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “You get some good breaks and it’s your day, it can happen.” For East Union that day was Monday and everything fell into place for their wins.
“The reason I got into this league is that we’ve got a bunch of girls coming up that are young that haven’t played with us before,” Blythe said. “It’s been a lot of competition, anytime you take North Pontotoc, Itawamba, Amory and Mooreville and Smithville, it don’t ever get easy. This team can be as good as they want to be.”
The third inning provided the bulk of the scoring for the game. With two down, Katie Boatner reached on a hit by pitch and promptly stole second to get into scoring position. Callie Frazier followed with her RBI single to put East Union on the scoreboard with the 1-0 lead.
Jaley White was brought in to pinch run for the pitcher Frazier and scored on a RBI double by Tianna Castillo. East Union took a 2-0 lead into the bottom half of the inning.
Amory came back and scored two runs to tie as they sent seven batters to the plate, taking advantage of three straight singles and an East Union error to score two runs. Frazier got out of the jam by recording back to back strikeouts to end the Amory threat.
No further scoring took place through the fifth inning. The game went into extra innings as the time limit had elapsed.
East Union would bat first and the inning began with Rebecca Sheffield as the base runner at second due to the extra inning scenario. Sallie Pannell led off and reached on an error. Colby Stafford was intentionally walked to load the bases to set up a force at any base. With one out, Claudia Hill smashed a double, driving in Sheffield and Pannell. East Union scored another run as pinch runner Jessie Roberts scored on Raelee Bell’s grounder that got past the second baseman. East Union held a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the inning.
Frazier retired the first two Amory batters on groundouts and clinched the win with her sixth strikeout of the game. Frazier was the winning pitcher in both games of the tournament.
“It’s all about getting the right breaks and we got them today,” Blythe said.
East Union’s Katie Boatner steals second during the Lady Urchins’ 3-1 win over Mooreville at ICC on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
Callie Frazier dives back into first after her single drives in Katie Boatner to give East Union the early lead over Mooreville on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
Tianna Castillo lays down a perfect bunt up the third base line during tournament play at ICC. Photo by Dennis Clayton.