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Montgomery Central drops two hard-fought games at Tournament of State Champions


Little League SoftballClarksville, TN – Montgomery Central 9-10 year old girl softball team dropped two games to a pair of state champions, July 26th at Merricourt Park in the Little League Tournament of Champions, losing to West Virginia 6-1 and Florida 4-1.

In the opener, West Virginia jumped on Montgomery Central for three runs in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a couple of walks and an error by Central.

West Virginia’s Bailey Gilbert opened the game by drawing a walk and after moving around to third base on a pair of wild pitches scored on an error by Montgomery Central’s third baseman.

The final runs of the inning came with two outs, as Taylor Glancy recorded a two-run single, which drove in Jillian Holley ad Kendall Stoffel.

Montgomery Central would answer with a run in the bottom of the inning, with Katie Brooks forcing in Lauren Ashby with a bases-loaded walk, cutting the margin to 3-1.

But that was the only run that Montgomery Central would tally against West Virginia starting pitcher Tayven Stephenson, as she no-hit Montgomery Central, while striking out 15 and walking nine.

West Virginia would add another run in the top of the third inning to go up 4-1 on an RBI single by Glancy – who finished the game 2-for-2, with a walk, and three RBIs.

The final two runs for West Virginia came in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run single by Emily Sharp, driving in Stoffel and Jayden Doub for the six final.

The nightcap against Florida started much like the opening game for Montgomery Central, with the Montgomery County squad fell behind early, giving up two runs in the first inning to Florida – coming on a two-run single by Gabi Torres.

Montgomery Central would cut the deficit in half by scoring a run in the third inning, with Farrin Yarbrough scoring on a wild pitch.

Florida would answer right back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Avy Trevethan was awarded home on an obstruction call on Montgomery Central.

The final run of the game for Florida came in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Belle Sardja – who and reached base with a single – coming all the way around when the single by Ashley Mantei got by the Montgomery Central left fielder for an error.

About Chris Austin

    Chris Austin

    Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.

    Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.

    Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.

    Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.

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