It didn’t take long for the Sweetwater softball team to stake its claim in the 2019 District 5-AA tournament.
The Lady Wildcats routed Loudon on Monday, May 6, in Sweetwater’s first game of the tournament, scoring double-digit runs to beat the Lady Redskins 16-2 in just three and a half innings and move on to the next round.
Addie Lowe stood out for the Lady Wildcats, batting in five total runs and scoring three runs herself. She also spent time on the mound, relieving starter Emily Barnes and recording three strikeouts in just one inning pitched.
Loudon scored the first run of the game with an RBI single in the top of the first inning, but Sweetwater wasn’t fazed at all by the Lady Redskins’ quick offense.
Mari Robbins scored on a fielder’s choice off of a bunt by Lowe in the bottom of the second, followed by two runs scored on a single by Abby Starnes and a run of her own on an error, giving Sweetwater a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Redskins put up their second run of the game with a bases-loaded walk in the top of the second. The Lady Wildcats, however, responded with a huge inning.
Lowe drove home Robbins on a triple, Ally Starnes batted in Lowe with a single and another Sweetwater run scored on an error all before the first out of the inning. Eight more Lady Wildcat runs crossed the plate before the inning concluded, with Jordan Key, Morrison Davies, Lowe and Abby Starnes contributing RBIs.
Sweetwater ended the second inning with a whopping 15-2 advantage.
The Lady Wildcats held Loudon scoreless in the top of the third and Davies batted in Key to put a bow on Sweetwater’s massive opening win in the tournament. Loudon was kept off the scoreboard in the top of the fourth to end the game.
Barnes pitched three innings for the Lady Wildcats, giving up three hits, two runs and one walk. She also recorded two strikeouts.
The win moved Sweetwater to a matchup with Sequoyah, who beat Meigs County 9-3 the day prior, on Tuesday, May 7.