Lady Urchins defeat playoff powerhouse East Webster in three

Callie Frazier limited East Webster to six runs in 12 innings of work on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


ELLISTOWN – Year after year, the East Webster Lady Wolverines have had East Union’s number in softball playoffs. The Lady Urchins would inch closer and closer to the perennial softball powerhouse, but just couldn’t quite pull off the series win until Monday and Tuesday as the Lady Urchins won the 2A softball series 2-1.
East Union won Monday’s game one in a late-inning comeback, 7-5. In game two on Tuesday, the Lady Urchins fell 3-1 on a seventh inning comeback by East Webster to force a deciding game three immediately following.
The Lady Urchins blew game three open with a six-run second inning and went on to run-rule the Lady Wolverines 13-3 in five innings.
“Callie Frazier threw 12 innings, never asked for a break, did not walk a person, did not hit anyone” East Union head coach Josh Blythe said. “She held a pretty dead gum good offensive ball club to six runs in over 12 innings. Everybody knows East Webster and knows what Coach Berryhill has done with this program is the pinnacle, he’s a fantastic man. Just to come out here and compete against him is awesome, I wish there were more guys like him in the profession.”
Frazier also had a huge game three at the plate, collecting three hits and driving in four runs, including the walk-off two RBI double that drove in Kaitie Boatner and Raelee Bell to end the contest in five innings.
The second inning was the key to the Lady Urchins win as 11 batters went to the plate, pounding out five hits, plus utilizing two walks a hit batter to score six runs. Those players collecting RBIs were Emily Coggin with two, Rebecca Sheffield, Frazier, Boatner and Bell which gave East Union a big 7-1 advantage.
“I’ve got to give a shoutout to Mr. Jimmy Wigginton,” Blythe said. “He came to me and said Coach I think we need to choke up on the bats and I told him that I’m fixing to tell them (team). Mr. Wig was right so I want to give him credit so that he can hang that up in his room because he did it.”
This all came after Frazier had put East Union on the scoreboard in the first with her RBI driving in Bell to tie the game at 1-1.
East Union scored again in the fourth as Frazier walked and Jessie Roberts came on to pinch run and later score. Sallie Pannell followed Frazier with a single and was driven in by Sheffield.
East Union entered the bottom of the fifth with a 9-3 lead, needing four runs to end the contest by run-rule. Bell delivered a two-RBI single to put the Lady Urchins up 11-3 and Frazier followed two batters later with the walk-off two RBI double.
“How about our crowd and our community coming together?” Blythe said. “They are just itching for something to cheer about and how about our kids? We led the whole game in the earlier game and just didn’t get it done. We could have laid over after they scored and went up 1-0 (game three), but boom we came back and answered to tie it at 1-1, then put up a six-spot and got some breathing room.”
East Webster 3, East Union 1 (game two)
East Webster scored three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to sneak by the Lady Urchins for the win in game two of the 2A series. The Lady Wolverines had three consecutive RBI by Jennah Pate, Jessica Davis and Emily Nason during the frame.
The Lady Urchins had a runner in scoring position in the seventh as Pannell led off with a double, East Webster was able to retire the next three batters to preserve the win.
East Union’s only run came in the fourth as Bell singled, stole second and scored on an error in the outfield on a ball hit by Frazier.
East Union 7, East Webster 5 (game one)
East Union had never beaten East Webster at the Lady Wolverines home venue, but the Lady Urchins came from behind to take the 7-5 game one win.
East Union took their first lead and held it, in the sixth inning as Colby Stafford led off with a double. Jessie Roberts came in to pinch run and moved to third as Hannah White reached on an error.
Kallie Roberts drove in Jessie with her fielders choice RBI groundout to tie the game at 5-5. White later scored on a wild pitch to put the Lady Urchins up a run at 6-5.
East Webster threatened in the bottom of the sixth as Jessica Aron singled, but Rebecca Sheffield caught the hard liner to second and doubled up the runner at first to end the inning.
East Union added an insurance run in the seventh as Emily Coggin singled and was followed by Callie Frazier’s single. Sallie Pannell drove in Coggin with her RBI single to give East Union the 7-5 lead.

Lady Urchins go long to sweep twin bill

Sallie Pannell hit a two-run homer and was the winning pitcher for both games. Pannell did not issue any walks in either game. File photo.

Sallie Pannell hit a two-run homer and was the winning pitcher for both games. Pannell did not issue any walks in either game. File photo.


East Union went long on doubleheader opponents Walnut and Wheeler as they hit six home runs, taking the sweep on Monday as they downed Walnut 11-1 in five innings and dropped Wheeler 17-1 in four frames.
The Lady Urchins had 13 hits in the first game of the day against former division foe Walnut, including home runs by Claudia Hill and Rebecca Sheffield.
Hill drove in three runs in the third with her home run. Sheffield led off the fourth with her solo shot.
Sheffield was perfect at the plate, going 4-4 with a homer, two singles and a walk-off double. Sheffield also had three RBIs.
Callie Frazier was also perfect in her three plate appearances with three singles and RBI.
Hill was the other top RBI producer for the day with three.
In the second game, East Union pounded out 16 hits in four innings to drop the Lady Eagles.
Raelee Bell hit two homers to lead the Lady Urchins against Wheeler, with a three-run and solo shot. Sallie Pannell and Tianna Castillo each had two-run homers.
The Lady Urchins used a 10-run second inning to break open a close 3-1 advantage.
Bell went 4-4 with six RBIs to go along with her two homers. She also scored two runs. Castillo, Frazier, Pannell and Kaitie Boatner had two RBIs apiece.
Pannell was the winning pitcher in both games, allowing only two runs and issuing no walks in the contests.
East Union improves to 13-1 on the season and will travel to Okolona for a Division 1-2A game on Thursday.

Lady Urchins sweep Wheeler

Sallie Pannell slides under the tag to score a run in the East Union first. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Sallie Pannell slides under the tag to score a run in the East Union first. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – East Union’s Lady Urchins got the sweep over Wheeler on Thursday, taking game one 10-2 and the nightcap 13-7.
In game one, Savannah Greer went five innings en route to the win. Greer surrendered two runs in the first and then blanked the Lady Eagles over the final four innings.
The Lady Urchins got a big blast from Emily Bruce in the second inning as her drive down the right field line resulted in an inside-the-park solo home run and give East Union a 5-2 lead.
Sallie Pannell’s two RBI double in the bottom of the first had earlier given the Lady Urchins the lead after Wheeler had jumped out to the early 2-0 advantage. East Union plated four runs total in the first.
The Lady Urchins batted around in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs to safely put the game ut of reach and resulting in the 10-2 final.
Rebecca Sheffield put on a hitting clinic in game two, going three for three with an inside-the-park three runs homer plus two triples. Sheffield drove in two runs with her second triple of the game in the Lady Urchins second. Sheffield had five RBIs in game two and scored three runs.
East Union sent 12 batters to the plate in the first, scoring six runs on six hits.
The Lady Urchins added one run in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth to reach their 13-7 final.
Kensie Roberts took the win, going three innings and allowing five runs.
Savannah Greer fires the pitch to the plate during the first inning of game one against Wheeler. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Savannah Greer fires the pitch to the plate during the first inning of game one against Wheeler. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Rebecca Sheffield drove in five runs on three hits and scored three in game two. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Rebecca Sheffield drove in five runs on three hits and scored three in game two. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Mooreville edges Lady Urchins in softball

Callie Frazier singles and drives in the East Union run. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Callie Frazier singles and drives in the East Union run. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
MOOREVILLE – East Union’s Lady Urchins gave perennial 3A power Mooreville all they could handle on Saturday before falling 2-1 in a hastily scheduled game due to recent rains.
“I love playing Mooreville, in my opinion they are the best of the best,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “They’ve got two pitchers that are as good as anybody that I’ve ever seen in high school. I told our kids today that I wanted them to compete every pitch and I thought we did that.”
East Union threatened in the first inning, getting a base runner to third with one out, but Mooreville ended the threat on a double play without allowing the score.
The teams combined for a scoreless contest through three innings as Callie Frazier of East Union and Summer Cryder of Mooreville faced the minimum number of batters through the frames.
East Union scored the game’s opening run in the top of the fourth as Raelee Bell drove a pitch deep into center that was mishandled and ended up at third with no outs.
Callie Frazier drove in Bell with her one-out RBI single to right and the Lady Urchins took a 1-0 lead. Frazier was stranded following a strikeout and ground-out that ended the inning.
Mooreville came back in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. With one out, the Lady Troopers used a bunt single, followed by a base hit to put runners aboard. A deep sacrifice fly to left scored the lead runner and the next batter singled to drive in the tie-breaking run.
“I thought that was a fantastic outing by Frazier, that’s three actually,” Blythe said. “She’s just giving us the chance to win every time. She’s a warrior. I love the makeup of this team, I think the future is definitely bright for them.”
Frazier allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three with no walks.
Lady Urchin infield meets at the mound before the first pitch. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lady Urchin infield meets at the mound before the first pitch. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Emily Bruce catches the popup on the infield as Rebecca Sheffield looks on from short. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Emily Bruce catches the popup on the infield as Rebecca Sheffield looks on from short. Photo by Dennis Clayton.