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Viqueens advance to 7-AA championship

By RICKEY CLARDY ~ Sports Writer
Posted 5/12/22

UNIONVILLE — After a tough extra-inning loss to the Forrest Lady Rockets the night before, the Community Viqueens showed no ill effects Wednesday night as the Viqueens scored all eight of their …

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Viqueens advance to 7-AA championship

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UNIONVILLE — After a tough extra-inning loss to the Forrest Lady Rockets the night before, the Community Viqueens showed no ill effects Wednesday night as the Viqueens scored all eight of their runs in the first three innings en route to an 8-1 win over the Cascade Lady Champions in an elimination game of the District 7-AA tournament.
It was the Lady Champs who drew first blood and took the lead in the opening inning. 
Lani Jones led off the game with a single and advanced to third before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Vera Bilbro as Cascade took a 1-0 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Community (23-9-1) came back with four runs in its half of the inning.
After Abbi Murrill led off with a single, Abi Brown drove in the tying run with a sacrifice bunt. 
A Taylar Wessner sacrifice for an RBI, a passed ball, and a run-scoring single by Zoey Dixon led to three more runs as the Viqueens increased their lead to 4-1.   
The Viqueens padded their lead in the second after the first two batters recorded outs.  Brown drilled a home run over the left center field fence to put Community up 5-1 before a run-scoring single by Carlie Blanton and a passed ball gave the Viqueens a 7-1 lead.
Community scored its final run in the third inning as Chloe West singled and scored on a run-scoring double by Murrill.  
Meanwhile, the pitching from both sides took center stage the rest of the way.  Wessner allowed just three hits over seven innings to get the win for the Viqueens while Addison Pope of the Lady Champs went the distance and held Community scoreless over the final three Viqueen at-bats.
Haley Mitchell led the Viqueen 10-hit attack with three safeties while Murrill added two hits.
Ella Thompson had two of the three Lady Champion hits.
The Viqueen win sets up a rematch with Forrest in the District 7-AA finals Thursday night. 
Community would have to defeat the Lady Rockets twice to claim the district championship. 
With Wednesday's win, the Viqueens also assured themselves of a berth in the Region 4-AA tournament next week.   
                                  
Cascade      100 000 0 —  1   3  1       
Community  431 000 x — 8 10  0
 
Cascade: Ella Thompson  2-for-3, Lani Jones 1-for-3.
Community:  Haley Mitchell 3-for-4, Abbi Murrill 2-for-4, Carlie Blanton 1-for-2, Zoey Dixon 1-for-2, Hailey Farrar 1-for-3, Chloe West 1-for-3, Abi Brown 1-for-3.
HR: Brown.
2B: Murrill.
 
WP: Taylar Wessner.  
LP: Addison Pope.

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