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Southwest squads oust Union, Battle in semis

Kevin Mays • May 31, 2019 at 12:54 AM

LEBANON — It was all about the Southwest District and its pitchers Thursday in the Region 2D softball semifinals.

Adrienne Morrison tossed a three-hitter in Lebanon’s 4-0 win over Union and Mac Osborne threw a complete- game two-hitter for Richlands in an 8-2 victory over John Battle at Shelia Adams Field.

The Southwest rivals will meet for the fourth time this season when they face off in Saturday’s Region 2D championship game. First pitch in Lebanon is set for 11 a.m.

Both teams also clinched a spot in next week’s VHSL Class 2 tournament.

MORRISON IN COMMAND

Morrison (9-3) was solid all day for the Lady Pioneers.

“I knew my defense had me. They always do,” the sophomore hurler said.

That defense didn’t have to do too much, however, thanks to the 15 strikeouts Morrison recorded.

“I was in a groove there for a while. It felt really good,” she said.

Lebanon coach Dennis Price said when Morrison is on a roll, the team can relax at the plate.

“She pitched a good game today,” Price said. “I’m proud of her.

“With the good pitchers we have on our team, it takes a lot off of our hitters. And once the hitters get going, it takes a lot off of our pitchers.”

Lebanon managed only six hits but did enough to push some runs across the plate. After Lebanon’s Haley Finney walked and Maggie Lampkin reached on an error in the fifth inning, Averie Price delivered a two-out single to score both and stake Lebanon to a 4-0 advantage.

Price finished 2-for-2 with the two RBIs.

Union’s Kayley Neece accounted for two of the Lady Bears’ three hits. Neece singled in the fifth and again in the seventh.

After Zoe Brooks walked in the seventh, Brooks and Neece moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Morrison erased the scoring threat by retiring the next two batters.

MAC SUPPORT

Richlands unloaded plenty of offense to complement Osborne’s stellar pitching performance.

The Blue Tornado scored three runs in the first inning before surrendering a pair to John Battle — one in the first and another in the third — to keep the other semifinal game close for a long while.

Richlands added another run in the sixth for a 4-2 lead. Then with two out in the seventh, the Tornado plated four on the strength of five straight hits — including a Katlyn Baldwin homer and three doubles.

Emma Crawford finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs, Ally Staten was 3-for-4 and Baldwin went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Richlands.

Haley Dye accounted for both of John Battle’s hits.

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