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Science Hill’s Neas, Crockett’s Weems shine in shutout wins

Tanner Cook • May 6, 2019 at 10:50 PM

CHURCH HILL — Hits were at a premium for the visiting teams during Monday night’s District 1-AAA softball tournament at Volunteer.

In the first game, David Crockett’s Kara Weems pitched a four-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Volunteer. The nightcap saw Science Hill ace Sejal Neas toss a no-hitter in a 13-0 win over Cherokee.

The only blemish for Neas was a walk to Madison Carpenter to lead off the second inning. From there, the sophomore dominated and retired the final 12 batters. Forty of her 62 pitches were strikes and she struck out six.

“(Sejal) has actually been having a little problem with her back, so I was happy to not see that tonight,” Science Hill coach Jerry Higgins said.

On the offensive end, nearly everyone playing for the Lady Hilltoppers got a hit. Science Hill got 10 hits and four were for extra bases (three doubles and one triple). Mackenzie Powell, Makenzie Smith, Jannon Glaspie and Zoey Cooper had two RBIs apiece.

The Lady ’Toppers also drew seven walks and had three runners reach via hit by pitch.

Leaving runners on base was probably Science Hill’s only problem. The Lady ’Toppers stranded nine and were 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

“We had a lot of popups on the infield with runners on. ... This is a tough game to play,” Higgins added. “They’re shorthanded and they’re on about their fifth or sixth pitcher. Tomorrow, we have to play a lot better. We can’t leave nine people on base.”

SLOW START, STRONG FINISH

Crockett had a tough time getting going in the first two innings, exiting the frames with only two hits and no runs to show for it.

Good thing for the Lady Pioneers that Weems was hitting her spots early on. She had a no-hitter through four innings.

“There were a couple of little bloopers that got by us, but other than that, Kara pitched an excellent ballgame tonight,” Crockett coach Carla Weems said.

In the bottom of the third, Madison Pleasant led off with a double to left-center. The next batter up, Mackenzie Baldwin, singled to drive in Pleasant.

Crockett went on to total 15 hits on the night.

Baldwin, the leadoff batter, finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs on two singles and a double. Jenna Davis went 2-for-3 with two singles and a pair of RBIs.

Crockett left nine on base and was 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

“We have trouble sometimes making contact, but we were able to string enough hits together and score seven runs,” Carla Weems said.

Aliyah Crawley had Volunteer’s only extra-base hit, a double. Myrtle Lawson, Audrey Evans and Kristen Kennedy had the singles.

Weems recorded six strikeouts but also hit three batters. She threw 80 pitches and 57 of them were for strikes.

UP NEXT

On Tuesday, Dobyns-Bennett plays Daniel Boone at 5 p.m. That game is followed by David Crockett vs. Science Hill at about 6:30 p.m.

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