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Baylor, Whitwell still alive in state softball tourney

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Baylor gets revenge, earns spot in state final
Baylor wasted several scoring opportunities in state tourney-opening loss to St. Benedict on Wednesday.

The Red Raiders refused to make the same mistake in Thursday's rematch.

Baylor pounced on the Eagles for six runs in the first three innings en route to a 7-2 win to eliminate St. Benedict and clinch a spot in the Division II-AA state final.

The Red Raiders will face Pope John Paul II at 1:30pm ET Friday, but will need to win twice to claim a third consecutive state championship.

After a very rough and very brief outing against the Eagles on Wednesday, Sarah Moore tossed a complete game four-hitter in the circle for Baylor on Thursday. She struck out four and walked just one.

Haley Andrus and Maya Mathis each delivered two-run singles and Lauren Lewis hit a solo home run in the sixth to cap the scoring.

Andrus, Moore and Noelle Winkles each finished with two hits and five different Baylor players drove in a run.

Whitwell wins twice to stay alive in Class A
Six runs proved enough not once, but twice Thursday for Whitwell as the Lady Tigers won a pair of games to advance to the final day of the Class A state tournament.

Whitwell held on for a 6-5 win over University School in the afternoon before eliminating Oliver Springs with a 6-2 win in the evening. The Lady Tigers, who are guaranteed no worse than a third-place finish in the state, will face Gordonsville at 10am ET Friday with the winner advancing to face Richland in the state final.

Alyssa Coppinger and KayAnne Patton each drove in a pair of runs in the opener, while Carly Woods joined Patton with two hits in the game and scored two runs.

The Lady Tigers scored three runs in the fourth inning on nothing but bunts en route to a 6-0 lead through five innings. University rallied with four runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to pull within one, but Arianna Ramsaran lined into a double play that ended the game with the tying run at third.

Whitwell scored two runs in the first against Oliver Springs and never trailed, though they rarely had any breathing room until Kathleen Sledge's two-run homer capped the scoring in a three-run seventh inning.

Kelsey Kilgore had three hits in the win, while Coppinger added a walk, a hit and two runs scored.

East Hamilton beats Unicoi County, but eliminated by Lexington
East Hamilton certainly ended its second straight Spring Fling trip with a bang.

The Lady Canes, who won their first-ever state tournament game Wednesday, hit six home runs in two games Thursday before being eliminated from the Class AA bracket.

East Hamilton fought off elimination with a wild 10-9 win over Unicoi County in eight innings, but bowed out later in the day with a 13-5 loss to Lexington to finish fourth in the state.

Maggie Woods and Tori Barnes combined for five hits and five RBI against Unicoi County, each hitting a home run as East Hamilton built a 5-0. Unicoi rallied to eventually tie the game at 9-all in the seventh, but Shaliyah Geathers scored the game-winning run on a squeeze bunt from Maria Walshe in the eighth.

The Lady Canes (23-14) hit four more home runs against Lexington, but three of the four were solo shots. Barnes, Amber Phillips and Kelsey Payne each hit one-run round-trippers and Emma Brooks hit a two-run blast to keep East Hamilton even at 5-5 through four innings.

However, Lexington scored three in the fifth and erupted for six runs in the sixth to put the game away. Brooklyn Hays did the most damage with three hits and six RBI, including a three-run homer in the third and added a two-run double in the fifth.

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