Lady Cats claim 3rd at State
Goreville Lady Blackcats defeat Glasford-Illini Bluffs 13-6 in semi-final of IHSA Class 1A state softball tournament
By Mike McGinnis
The Goreville High School softball team came up short in its bid to repeat as Class 1A state champions by losing to Toledo Cumberland, 8-4, in the semi-finals on Friday. However, the Lady Blackcats defeated Glasford-Illini Bluffs 13-6 on Saturday to claim the third place trophy.
Against Cumberland on Friday, Goreville had a 1-0 lead until the Lady Pirates scored three runs in the top of the third. In the bottom of the frame, a double by Sydnee Rushing, a single by Brittney Pritchett and a Taylor Odom home run put the Lady Blackcats back in front 4-3. The score stayed that until Cumberland scored four runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead at 7-4, then added a run in the seventh to make the final margin.
Sydnee Rushing pitched the complete game, allowing seven hits. Goreville had nine hits and committed two errors.
Top hitters for Goreville: Darnell 1-3 (RBI); Odom 1-2 (HR, 3 RBI); Pritchett 2-4; Rushing 3-4.
In Saturday’s third place match-up with Illini Bluffs, the Lady Blackcats broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth inning. They scored three more runs in the top of the fifth before Illini Bluffs got on the board with a run in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-1. Goreville had a big top of the sixth, scoring five runs to push its lead to 9-1. Illini Bluffs answered with a pair of runs in its half of the sixth to narrow the gap to 9-3. The Lady Blackcats plated four more runs in the seventh, then Illini Bluffs closed out the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make the 13-6 final margin.
Sydnee Rushing went the distance in the circle to pick up her 16th win of the season.
Top hitters for Goreville: Odom 3-5 (HR, 5 RBI); Pritchett 3-5 (2 RBI); Rushing 2-4; Schaede 4-5 (2 RBI); A. Webb 1-4 (3 RBI).