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Nunley leads Tennessee's sweep at All-Star Softball Classic

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Runs figured to be at a premium with a pair of state championship pitchers in the circle at the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Softball Classic, and Kelsey Nunley and Brenna Nation didn't disappoint.

Soddy-Daisy's Nunley set a new all-star game record with 13 strikeouts and out-dueled her Gordon Lee counterpart in Tennessee's 1-0 win in the opener of the 15th annual doubleheader Wednesday night at Frost Stadium.

The Volunteer State also won the nightcap 4-3 to complete its tenth sweep in the history of the series.

Nunley took home the newly-named Clifford Kirk Most Valuable Player honor and received a big hug from her now-retired head coach as she exited the game with 2 outs in the sixth. The Kentucky signee allowed just two hits while breaking the old strikeout record of 12 held by former Soddy-Daisy pitcher Nikki Waters.

Nunley also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles and a double.

Nation allowed just one run and scattered seven hits in a complete-game effort. However, she left the game while batting in the bottom of the seventh when she was hit in the hand by a Nunley pitch.

Emily Dagnan was named Tennessee's Player of the game after a three-hit night. The Sequatchie County standout drove in the lone run off Nation on an infield single in the third. She also doubled twice and drove in a run in game two.

Gordon Lee's Kendall Johnson was named Georgia's Player of the Game. She reached base three times in the doubleheader, stole three bases and also added an impressive double play from left field.

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