The Rec League 18 & Under Softball Tournament came to an end on Tuesday night, ending with the Grits winning the Championship Game. However, after the Storm defeated the Grits in an elimination game for the Storm by a 6-2 score, they forced a double header, with the winner taking the title. The Grits narrowly escaped with a 10-9 victory and won the Championship. Here is how they did it:
18 & Under Championship Game
For those looking to see a clean, fundamentally sound Championship Game on Tuesday night, the Thomaston-Upson Softball Complex was not the place to be. However, for those who wanted to see an exciting, edge of your seat softball game, then the T-U Softball Complex was definitely the place to be.
The game went back and forth, but in the bottom of the seventh inning, Chelsy Stevens scored the Grits’ 10th run of the ball game, and earned them the 18 & Under Championship.
The Grits and Storm combined for an absurd amount of errors in the game. Both teams committed seven errors each, with the 14 errors in the game more than doubling the actual number of hits. There was also a total of seven passed balls n the game, along with nine batters walked. Throw in an inside-the-park home run, and these things made for an exciting softball game.
The Storm took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Savannah Hill reached base with a single, and later came home to score on a fielding error off of the bat of Ashlyn Murphy.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Grits answered back with three runs of their own. Hailey Newell reached base on a walk, and then stole second base. Hadley Perdue reached on one of the Storm’s seven fielding errors, followed by a booming double from Savannah Hunnicutt, giving the Grits a 2-1 lead. Hunnicutt would later come home to score on a fielder’s choice, giving the Grits a 3-1 lead.
In the second inning Hadley Perdue of the Grits and Ashlyn Murphy of the Storm each pitched perfect innings without allowing a hit or run. In the top of the third inning, the Storm raced back into the ball game. Jakeesccia Worthy and Allyson Diskerud each walked, followed a fielding error off the bat of LeAnna Newman, which scored a run. Ashlyn Murphy then came up to the plate and delivered an inside-the-park home run , giving the Storm a 5-3 lead.
However, in the bottom of the third inning, the Grits tallied four runs to take a 7-5 lead. Cierra Priester led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single from Hadley Perdue. Both runners would eventually come home on a passed ball. The Grits then scored two more runs on fielding errors by the Storm, giving the Grits a 7-5 lead.
The Grits added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Savannah Hunnicutt reached on an error, and eventually came home to score on a fielder’s choice, giving the Grits an 8-5 lead.
Trailing by three runs, the Storm rallied back to score four runs in the top of the sixth inning, taking a 9-8 lead. Hailey Newman stuck out swinging, but reached first base on a third strike passed ball. Two pitches later, she stole second base. Ashlyn Murphy then delivered a RBI single, scoring Newman. That’s when the wheels fell off for the Grits. The Storm scored three more runs in the inning, all coming on fielding errors by the Grits, as the Storm took a 9-8 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Grits tied the game 9-9, courtesy of a walk, two stolen bases, and a passed ball by the Storm. After a scoreless top of the seventh inning, the Grits headed to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Chelsy Stevens reached base on a fielder’s choice. After a stolen base, Sierra Ivey hit a knuckling line drive which snuck passed the Storm’s third baseman, scoring Stevens and giving the Grits the Championship victory.
Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.