MURFREESBORO — The Community Viqueens put runners on base throughout the game, but it wasn’t until a ninth inning double by Taylar Wessner scored Kailani Allen with the lone run of the …
MURFREESBORO — The Community Viqueens put runners on base throughout the game, but it wasn’t until a ninth inning double by Taylar Wessner scored Kailani Allen with the lone run of the game as the Viqueens staved off elimination by defeating the Kingston Lady Jackets 1-0 in the TSSAA Class 2-A state softball tournament Tuesday morning.
Pitchers Annie Prince of the Viqueens and Sailor Presley of the Lady Jackets were involved in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel for eight innings before Community (21-12-1) eked out the winning run in the extra inning.
Both teams had scoring opportunities in the opening inning.
Singles by Anna Haskins and Abi Brown put runners at first and second with one out, but the Viqueens could not plate a run.
Three walks loaded the bases for the Lady Jackets in the bottom of the inning, but Prince came through with three strikeouts to keep Kingston off the scoreboard.
The Lady Jackets threatened again in the fourth as the first two batters reached base, but a groundout and two strikeouts by Prince squelched the Kingston rally.
A Brown double and a single by Alana Tate put two runners on base for the Viqueens with two outs in the sixth, but a pop out ended the inning and kept the score at 0-0.
The Lady Jackets looked to end the game in the bottom of the seventh after putting runners on first and second with two outs, but a Lady Jacket flyout ended the inning and brought free softball to Murfreesboro.
The Viqueens could not push across a run after a Lady Jacket error and a walk put two runners on base in the eighth, but Community was finally able to score in the ninth.
After Carlie Blanton singled to open the inning, Allen came into the game to run for Blanton.
A Haley Mitchell single moved Allen into scoring position with one out, setting the stage for Wessner.
The sophomore was able to come up big as a double to left brought home Allen and gave the Viqueens a 1-0 lead.
Prince retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth as the Viqueens advanced in the double-elimination state tournament.
Prince allowed just two hits in nine innings of work for the Viqueens.
She struck out 12 while walking seven.
Brown and Tate each had two hits to lead the Viqueen eight-hit attack.
Community left 10 runners on base while the Lady Jackets left eight.
The Viqueens played errorless ball in the field.
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Community: Abi Brown 2-for-4, Alana Tate 2-for-4, Anna Haskins 1-for-5, Carlie Blanton 1-for-4, Haley Mitchell 1-for-4, Taylar Wessner 1-for-4.
Kingston: Rhyan Henslee 1-for-3, Madeline Newman 1-for-4.