By: Lee Ramsey
The Lady Eagle Softball team has finished their season with a fourth place finish in the State AAA Tournament in Murfreesboro. It was a historic season as Seymour made it to the state competition for the first time by finishing runner–up in the IMAC tournament.
A State Championship would have been great but it is quite an achievement just to get to the state tournament, win two big games and finish in the final four.
Coming out of the loser’s bracket with a loss, the Lady Eagles came up just short to a very good Riverdale team from Murfreesboro in the semifinal by a score of 1-0.
The game remained scoreless for almost 5 innings in a pitching duel between Seymour’s ace Celeste Whaley and Riverdale’s Rachel Albritton.
In the bottom of the fifth after getting on first, an error opened the door for the winning run as the runner advance into scoring position.
Lady Warrior Brenna Wolfram then hit a blooper to center field which scored what turned out to be the winning run.
That’s all it took as the Lady Eagle bats were pretty much silent the entire game.
The Riverdale winning pitcher, Albritton, ended up with 14 strikeouts.
Seymour had a brief threat in the sixth as junior Kerigan Newport singled and was advanced to second with just one out. Chaney Graham then walked; giving Seymour a chance to tie the game but Albritton retired the side. That was the closest the Lady Eagles came to scoring the entire game.
“I just can’t express how very proud we are of our girls,” Coach Dana Carter said following the game. “Riverdale, 44-3 coming into this thing, they’re the studs, they’re the ones to be and to lose 1-0, we played our hearts out. We gave everything we’ve got.
“Our girls battled, and they can walk out of here with their heads held high, because they never gave up.
“I think we made a name for ourselves. We’re building for our future, and this is just part of it.”
The Seymour Herald would like to congratulate the Lady Eagles for such an outstanding season and a first ever appearance in the State Tournament.
Lady Eagles Finish Fourth in State
By: Lee Ramsey