Lady Eagles cruising through tournament
The Seymour Lady Eagles advanced to the round of eight at the Kingsport/Eastman Fastpitch Softball Tournament with relative ease this weekend, defeating four straight opponents with mercy-shortened victories.
The Lady Eagles (15-1 overall) beat Sullivan South 11-1, Union Wise 14-0, Knox Central 11-2 and Hampton 15-0 to reach yesterday’s Championship 8 round.
Results from Sunday’s games will appear in Tuesday edition of The Mountain Press.
Through the tournament’s first four games, freshman Heather Foreman has been on fire at the plate. Playing as the designated player, first baseman and a pitcher, she’s gone 9-for-11 in her team’s first four contests with a pair of doubles and eight RBIs.
She also pitched the Lady Eagles to the 15-0, three-inning win over Hampton, going once through the lineup perfectly before the umpires stopped the action with her team up 15.
Senior ace Carly Lewis also had a perfect outing from the pitcher’s circle.
She threw four perfect frames in the team’s 14-0 win over Union Wise on Friday night.
She struck out six opponents in four innings of work, while delivering a two-run double with her bat.
Teammates Lauren Irwin (2-for-3, 2B, one RBI), Danielle Mull (2-for-2, 2B, two RBIs) and Foreman (2-for-3, one RBI) had multi-hit games in the win, while Sam Baldwin, Bailey Pierce (three-run homer), Reid Ballad, Miranda Duncan and Brittany Drysdale also drove in runs.
The Lady Eagles first game of the tournament saw them beat Sullivan East 11-1 in four innings.
Lewis pitched three of the four innings, giving up one hit and striking out seven. Duncan pitched the final inning, giving up a run on three walks and a hit.
Offensively in that contest, Lewis led the way with a 2-for-2 outing, including three RBIs. Ballard and Foreman each had a pair of RBIs, while Brittany Drysdale and Abbie Chasteen also drove in runs for the Blue and Gold.
The Lady Eagles closest contest in so far in the tournament came early Saturday, though calling it close is vast overstatement.
Seymour toppled Knox Central 11-2 in a four-inning game, shortened by tournament time limits.
Lewis was the winning pitcher, striking out six in four innings, while giving up three hits and walking a batter. None of the Bobcats’ runs were earned, however.
Lewis was also 2-for-3 at the plate in the game, delivering a team-high three RBIs.
Foreman and Hannah Lawson were also 2-for-3 at the plate in the game, while Bailey Pierce (2-for-2, 2B, two RBIs) and Lauren Irwin (3-for-3, two RBIs) were both perfect in the batter’s box.
In the Championship 8 with Seymour are Union, Daniel Boone, Volunteer, Maryville, Macon East, Greenbriar and Knox Halls. Union is the only team to defeat Seymour so far this season, although the Eagles have beaten the Lady Patriots twice in the team’s three meetings, including the championship win at the Soddy Daisy Tournament last weekend.