The Trousdale County Lady Jackets are the District 6-A tournament softball champions after claiming the title Friday night with an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Gordonsville at Crump Farris Park in South Carthage.
The Lady Jackets trailed 4-0 after the first inning but and trailed 7-5 entering the bottom of the seventh to the defending tournament champions. But Trousdale County loaded the bases with two outs before sophomore Faith Winter smashed a line drive into right center that cleared the bases and brought the championship plaque to Hartsville for the first time in 19 years.
It was the Lady Jackets’ third consecutive win over the Lady Tigers following a 22-game losing streak in the series that Trousdale broke earlier this season.
“Being down 4-0 in a district championship game would rattle most; however, getting a slow start and finishing strong seems to be the storyline of the 2019 softball season,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield.
“Addison Gooch and Camyron Hurd came up big for us, especially in the last inning getting on base. Then Faith Winter did the rest and made the most clutch hit I have seen up to this point in my coaching career.”
After falling behind 4-0, Trousdale’s girls scored one run in the first, one in the second and one in the fifth. They then added a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.
Gordonsville did not go quietly though, as coach Jonathan Bush’s girls scored three runs in the top of the seventh – all with two outs – to go up 7-5 and make things uncomfortable for a large contingent of Trousdale County fans.
In the bottom of the seventh, Gooch was hit by a pitch, followed by a strikeout. Sophomore Kinley Brown hit a single, followed by another strikeout before Hurd, the team’s lone senior, singled to load the bases with two outs and set up Winter’s heroics. The sophomore drove a pitch into the right-center gap, easily driving in Gooch and Brown. Hurd used her speed to score the winning run as the celebration erupted by the Lady Jackets.
“When Gordonsville made their final run and went up two runs, it made it a challenge for us to score three runs in an inning both as a coach and as players,” Satterfield added. “Getting Addison Gooch back proved to be one of the differences in this game.”
Gooch, a transfer from Wilson Central, was playing her first game of the season after sitting out under TSSAA rules. The sophomore made several plays on defense at first base, including snaring a line drive to end a scoring threat.
Hurd finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate while Gooch and Winter had two hits each. Sophomores Makayla Croook and Brown added hits, as did freshman Elyssa Chapman.
Sophomore Hannah Hailey came on to pitch in the second inning and went the rest of the way to earn the win while recording five strikeouts.
On May 6, Winter and Hailey each had a pair of hits as the Lady Jackets caged Clay County 6-2. Brown had a hit as well, as did classmates Kirsten Eversole, Rebecca Chapman and Sidney Gregory.
Freshman Alivia Boykin pitched the first four inning and rang up five strikeouts before Hailey came on to finish, fanning four Clay County batters in the process.
On May 8, Trousdale faced Gordonsville in a winners’ bracket final and put together another comeback, winning 6-5 to reach the tournament final.
The Lady Jackets trailed 5-3 in the sixth inning before plating three runs. Each team had six hits and Trousdale overcame five errors.
Hurd had two hits while Hailey, Eversole, Crook and Brown each had one.
Trousdale County defeated South Pittsburg 4-3 in the Region 3-A opener on Monday and was to host Whitwell on Wednesday in the region championship. A sectional game is set for Friday with the opponent and location dependent on Wednesday’s outcome.