Lady Cats Fall One Game Shy of District Championship Appearance
The Giles County High School softball team posted one of its most dominant victories of the season Wednesday, routing Spring Hill 10-0 to move within one game of the district championship.
A 16-0 loss to Cascade in the nightcap spelled the end of the season for GCHS, though, as the Lady Bobcats (21-12-1, 7-5) fell to the regular season champs for the third time in 2017.
Hannah McComiskey threw a complete game shutout in game one against Spring Hill, holding the Lady Raiders to six hits and two walks, while striking out two opposing hitters. Spring Hill’s best scoring opportunity came in the third inning when the team strung together three-straight hits with two outs before McComiskey induced a pop out to second for the final out, stranding the bases loaded.
The Lady Cats finished the game with 12 hits and scored three runs in both the second and third and finished with runs in five of six innings that the team came to bat. Ashlyn Kimbrough scored a game-high three runs on a 2-for-4 performance with an RBI and a double. Lexi Barnickle finished 3-for-4 with a team-best three RBIs and a run. McComiskey went 2-for-4 with a pair of triples and a run, and Lexi McGill also picked up an RBI and two runs to round out the team leaders.
In game two, GCHS was no-hit by one of the best pitchers in Double-A as Brooke Sudduth threw three perfect innings and struck out five in a 16-0 win by mercy rule for the Lady Champs. Bianca Malone received the start against Cascade, which fell to Page 1-0 in Thursday’s championship but will move on to the regional tournament.
Ombreyah Daly, McComiskey, Barnickle and Allie Toone all received all-district honors for GCHS, while Faith Cross, Makenna Birdsong, Anna Johnson and Kimbrough each made District 12-AA honorable mention. Seven of the team’s nine regular starters were named to district teams.
Daly, the team’s starting center fielder and a key hitter near the top of the lineup, is the only senior on this year’s club.