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Central softball slips past South

March 19th, 2014 9:36 pm by Greg Peters

Central softball slips past South

KINGSPORT — Huntre Baxter will tell you that her hit Tuesday against Sullivan South was an "inside-the-park home run." Officially it went as a double with a two-base error.

However the tale is told, Baxter's hit proved to be the difference as the Lady Cougars posted an 8-6 win over the Lady Rebels in non-conference play.

With Central leading South 5-2 entering the fifth inning, Azlee Sells opened with a single. One out later, Alyssa Rupert added another.

Baxter stepped up and stroked her hit. She took third on the throwing error to center field and scored on a close play at the plate. Whichever way the story is repeated, three runs scored.

"I call it a home run and it was my first one ever," said Baxter. "We came out thinking we were going to try our best. We are getting better and playing the way we have I think we are going to be pretty good."

Baxter finished the evening with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

South had opportunities but fell short. Trailing 8-2, the Lady Rebels scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and added single runs in the sixth and seventh.

South had bases loaded with two outs in seventh but the rally fell short as Central starting pitcher Josie Milam struck out the final batter.

"We did some things we needed to do tonight," said Central coach Eddie Spriggs. "We've been grinding it out pretty good. We tried to give them a few runs but overall the girls battled. They are just a gritty bunch."

Rupert finished with two hits while each member of the Lady Cougars' lineup recorded at least one.

Brooke Wallen led South with three hits and three runs scored.

"The girls battled but we have to learn that winning is a habit. We just need a few good things to happen and the way we are working and battling we will get there," said South coach Chris Sturgill. "Last year we had 11 players but now we have it up to 25 and we are trying to rebuild. Tonight I saw the fight I had been looking for."

Central (2-4) hosts Tennessee High tonight while South (0-5) is back in action Monday against Unaka.

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