By: Lee Ramsey
For the first time in school history the Seymour High School Lady Eagle softball team is going to the State Softball Tournament.
Coach Dana Carter has been waiting for this day for 10 years. The time has arrived for the Blue and Gold to make the annual revered trip to Murfreesboro.
“A lot of my old players were at the game,” Carter said. “That makes me want to tear up, because I don’t think they know they helped pave the way to this whole thing Seymour has been building since I got here and they were a part of it.”
The Lady Eagles made the dream become a reality as they shut out the William Blount Lady Governors by a score of 3-0 in the sectional sub-state game at Seymour.
Junior pitching ace Celeste Whaley lived up to her potential getting the win and the shut out. She was a work of art as she kept the Lady Govs off balance all night with off speed stuff mixed with fast balls allowing only 4 hits.
The Lady Eagles wasted no time as they jumped to a first inning 2-0 start which was all Whaley needed.
The bats were hot right off the rack as Kerigan Newport led off with an off the wall double. Courtney Irvin singled and Newport moved to third. The throw went home plate to stop Newport from scoring and Irvin took advantage by moving to second.
After one out sophomore Carly Lewis hit another double to score both runners.
Seymour added an insurance run in the fifth after another double from Irvin this time and yet another by Lewis to score Irvin making the score 3-0 which was the final score.
Getting to the state is huge for any high school sports program. It’s always a dream for coaches, players, parents and fans. There is nothing like participating in a state tournament. The program has gradually gotten better since Coach Carter started at Seymour 10 years ago.
At the time of this writing, the seeding has not been finalized yet. The Lady Eagles will take a short break before leaving for the AAA State Championship Tournament. The Lady Eagles will compete with 7 other AAA teams in the double elimination tournament for the state title.
“I think the girls after this long week, need a little bit of an emotional break,” said Carter. “So we’re giving them the week off and then come back and practice the first part of next week. We’ve got to keep it going.”
The Seymour Herald would like to wish the Seymour Lady Eagles good luck.
Lady Eagles State Bound!
By: Lee Ramsey