|Published: 3:43 PM, 04/16/2013
||Last updated: 3:43 PM, 04/16/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER - Fresh off its first win of the season, Sweetwater's softball team had an opportunity to continue its positive momentum against Greenback.
Instead, the Lady Wildcats committed defensive miscues all game, and the Lady Cherokees took advantage en route to a 17-4 run-rule victory, their first in two seasons.
"Against (McMinn) Central we played hard. Good things happen when you play hard," said Sweetwater coach Josh Walker. "Today, we showed up, and thatвЂ™s all they did was show up. They did not look like they were ready to play a game.
"Until today we got better every game, but we took a step back today."
Greenback's Samantha Russell and Autumn Tipton both scored runs on passed balls during back-to-back at-bats in the first inning.
The Lady Cherokees (1-12) then turned up their own offense in the second inning, with No. 9 batter Alex LeQuire knocking in a run with a single to right field, then later scoring off a strikeout that SweetwaterвЂ™s catcher failed to catch. Krista Dyer tacked on two more runs with a single over the first baseman to extend GreenbackвЂ™s lead to 6-0.
Down 8-0 in the fourth inning, Sweetwater (1-8) got its first run courtesy of Harley Allen, who beat the throw from shortstop for an infield single that sent home Lexi Nelson. Brittany Best let two more Lady Wildcats cross the plate with a two-out single, and a fielding error from the second baseman closed Sweetwater to 8-4.
But then Greenback exploded for nine runs in the top of the fifth inning to slam the door on the Lady Wildcats. Russell was hit by a pitch from Cheyenne Walker with bases loaded, and Dyer drove in three more scores with a double into right field.
Katie Hooper later scored on a bungled squeeze play between third and home by Sweetwater.
"Our girls were aggressive and they made plays, and it worked to our advantage," said Greenback coach Laura Overholt.
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