Lady Blackcats win Super Sectional
Lady Cats heading to Peoria with chance to defend 2012 state title
By Mike McGinnis
May 27 vs. Altamont (supersectional)
The Goreville High School softball team is headed to the state tournament for the second straight year.
The Lady Blackcats defeated Altamont, 4-2, at the Johnston City Class 1A supersectional on Monday. Goreville is scheduled to play either Hardin Calhoun or Toledo Cumberland this Friday at 10:00 a.m., at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A win in that game puts the Lady Blackcats into Saturday’s state championship contest at 12:30 p.m. The third place game is set to start at 10:00 a.m.
Goreville took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on consecutive base hits by Sydnee Rushing and Brittney Pritchett and a three run homer over the left-centerfield fence by Taylor Odom. The score stayed 3-0 until the top of the fourth when the Lady Indians used an infield hit, a walk, and a double to narrow the gap to 3-1.
The Lady Blackcats added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Odom drew a lead-off walk. One batter later she came in to score when a ground ball by Alison Webb went through the Altamont third baseman’s legs, putting Goreville ahead 4-1.
Altamont tallied a run in the top of the seventh on a solo home run over the centerfield fence to get within 4-2. The Lady Indians had the tying run at the plate with one out, but Rushing struck out the last two batters to preserve the win. Rushing went the distance in the circle to improve her record to 16-13. She allowed four hits and struck out 16 batters. The Lady Blackcats had seven hits and committed no errors.
May 25 vs. Elverado (sectional championship)
Last Saturday, a strong pitching performance by Sydnee Rushing and Haley Darnell’s big day at the plate helped propel the Lady Blackcats to a 6-0 win over Elverado in the Goreville Class 1A sectional championship game. Rushing pitched the complete game shut-out, allowing three hits and striking out 13 batters, while Darnell hit a grand slam home run and had five RBIs. The win put Goreville into Monday’s matchup with Altamont at the Johnston City supersectional.
The Lady Blackcats got on the board with a run in the top of the third inning when Rushing reached on an error. She advanced to second after a fly out to right field by Brittney Prichett and scored one batter later when Darnell doubled to right-centerfield. In the top of the fifth, Rushing led off with a single to center and Pritchett followed with a double before Taylor Odom drew a walk to load the bases. Darnell then cleared the bases with a home run over the left-centerfield fence, putting Goreville ahead 5-0. With two outs in the frame Kaylee Webb singled and Micaela Allred drew a walk before the Lady Falcons mishandled a grounder by Alexis Massey, allowing another run to score and making the final 6-0 margin.
The Lady Blackcats had seven hits and committed one error.
May 22 vs. Galatia-Thompsonville
The Lady Blackcats advanced to Saturday’s sectional championship game with Elverado by defeating Galatia-Thompsonville, 11-0, last Wednesday, at Goreville.
Goreville scored twice in its first at-bat, then added six runs in the top of the second to take an 8-0 lead. The Lady Blackcats closed out the scoring with three more runs in the fifth inning.
Sydnee Rushing pitched the complete game shut-out, allowing two hits and striking out 11 batters. Goreville had 11 hits and committed no errors. Taylor Odom and McKenzi Schaede each hit three run homers, while Haley Darnell had three hits and a pair of RBIs.