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State tournament action continues for softball teams

By Curtis Carden
Sports Writer
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The spotlight will continue to shine on two groups of Lady Devil all-star clubs from the Unicoi County Little League.
The state tournament run officially kicked off on Saturday, July 14, with mixed results for each of the softball squads.
The oldest group of Lady Devils, the 11-12 year-olds, came away with a 14-2 win over Clarksville during the first day of tournament action.
“We hit the ball well during the game and our defense really backed us up,” manager Travis Griffith said. “Hannah Bowen really pitched well for us, but the entire game was just a team effort.”
The Lady Devils were in action prior to The Erwin Record’s deadline on Monday, July 16, going against the Morristown Little League softball team.
“We watched them play on Saturday and they won their game 13-3 so it should be a good game,” Griffith said. “We had a talk Sunday night to get prepared. It’ll be tough, but we can pull it out.”
A win will advance the 11-12 year-old softball team to championship berth on Wednesday, July 18, while a loss will place the girls in the losers’ bracket and they will have to play on Tuesday, July 17.
While the older group of girls saw success, the 9-10 year-old softball team, managed by Chris Bogart, saw some resistance in their first game of play, losing in an 11-4 contest.
“The first couple of innings really got to us,” said Bogart. “We started to hit the ball better but we got down 8-0 so it was a big hole to get ourselves out of.”
Instead of staying down late, the girls began to rally and score four runs in the final stretch of the game.
“Allee Griffith, Nickolette Ferguson and Chloe Powers really pitched well for us,” Bogart added. “Griffith and Halie Hawkins also had some big hits for us during the afternoon.”
The Lady Devils opened back up play on Monday, July 16, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.
The 11-12 year-old boys, managed by John Keasling, recently wrapped up the tournament play after falling in action on Saturday, July 14, at Daniel Boone Little League in Gray.
The Blue Devils won one out of three games during their tournament trip.
Be sure to pick up an issue of the July 24 edition of The Erwin Record for the final recap of state tournament play for the Unicoi County Little League softball squads.