MAYFIELD - Graves County's bats came alive Tuesday night and their constant action propelled the Lady Eagles to a 12-4 win over Ballard Memorial in the Third District Softball Tournament championship game at Warmath Field.
The victory over Ballard Memorial came after Graves County (23-11) pummeled Mayfield 21-1 in the first round game earlier Tuesday.
"We are pretty confident with our bats," said sophomore third baseman Lindsey Whitlock, who went 4-for-4 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs against Mayfield and 3-for-4 with 3 runs and an RBI in the win over the Lady Bombers. "We've been hitting well all year long. We got into a little slump early last week and didn't hit well the last time we played Ballard Memorial. But we're starting to get our bats back.
"And if we play like we did during the beginning of the year, we feel like we'll put up a good fight in region."
The win over Ballard Memorial (12-17) also gave the Lady Eagles their third consecutive district title and helped them set a program records for wins in a season.
The only thing Graves County didn't do against the Lady Bombers was take care of the ball, and really neither team did. The Lady Eagles committed six errors, while Ballard Memorial had eight.
Graves County, hitting in the top of the innings, scored five in the second, one in the third, two in the fifth and four in the sixth. Ballard Memorial put on two in the bottom of the third and fifth innings.
"We've known all year that to be successful we had to put runs up," Graves coach Stan Waller said. "Unfortunately, we did commit about six or seven errors tonight and that's unusual for us. But at the same time we never quit and we hit the ball hard."
Both Graves County, as the top seed out of the Third District, and Ballard Memorial, the First Region All A Champions, will move onto the First Region Tournament next week.
"They are a good team, and we can't make eight errors in a ballgame and expect to beat them," Ballard Memorial coach Terry Amis said. "I don't know what it is, but we've played them three times and I can't tell you how many unearned runs we have given them. There's a mental block we have when we play Graves County. We did beat them at their place 8-5 (on May 12), but they didn't start (Casey) Wade either. She's a handful."
Wade got the win for Graves County. She struck out eight and allowed six hits and one earned run.
Rebekah Hogancamp took the loss for the Lady Bombers. She was charged with nine hits and six earned runs, while striking out two.
Ballard Memorial cut the margin to 8-4 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
But Graves County countered with four in the top of the sixth, starting with Whitlock's RBI double that plated Sarah Watts from first, to make it the final.
All-Third District Team
Jade Babb, Ballard Memorial
Rebekah Hogancamp, Ballard Memorial
Ashleigh Tyson, Ballard Memorial
Taylor Foster, Ballard Memorial
Kaylynn Jackson, Graves County
Casey Wade, Graves County
Lindsey Whitlock, Graves County
Victoria Doughty, Mayfield
Kristin Wimsatt, Mayfield
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Third District First Round
Mayfield 001 0 1 1 3
Graves County 242 (13) 21 19 1
M: Wimsatt and V. Doughty; GC: Payne and Adkins
WP: Payne. LP: Wimsatt
2B: GC - Jackson, Wade, Medlin. 3B: GC - Jackson. HR: none. Top hitters: GC - Jackson 4-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Watts 2-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Whitlock 4-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; Adkins 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs. Records: Mayfield 4-15.
Third District Championship
Graves County 051 024 0 12 9 6
Ballard Memorial 002 020 0 4 6 8
GC: Wade and Adkins; BM: Hogancamp and Newton
WP: Wade. LP: Hogancamp
2B: GC - Jackson, Whitlock (2). BM - Babb. 3B: GC -. BM - Babb. HR: none. Top hitters: GC - Jackson 3-5, run, RBI; Watts 2-5, run; Whitlock 3-4, 3 runs, RBI; Clark 2-3, 2 runs; Adkins 2-4; Glover 1-4, run, 2 RBIs. BM - Hogancamp 2-4; Foster 2-4, run; Amis 1-4.
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