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Lady Rockets rally for district title

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Girls hammer Anderson, get payback with 11-5 win

By Todd Martin

The SCHS girls' softball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit to top Anderson County, 11-5, for the 30th District Tournament Championship on Tuesday at Eminence.

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The girls snapped a five-game losing streak against the Lady Bearcats that dated back to April 22 of last year and included losses in the district and regional championship games.

"This win means a lot; it was huge," senior catcher Shauna Gramig said. "It brings us back up top, and it's going to keep us pumped up for region. Losing to them [Anderson] twice this year and four times last year -- you get tired of losing to the same team. We knew what we had to do, and we got it done."

The Lady Rockets used a five-run third inning to tie the score, highlighted by a two-run single by Hannah Abbott. The Lady Rockets then took a 6-5 lead in the fifth, when Shauna Gramig scored on an Anderson throwing error.

Gramig never broke stride, racing from second to home after seeing the ball roll past the third baseman.

"There were two strikes, so I was stealing all the way," Gramig said. "I saw the ball get by her, so I just kept going. Coach [Kelly] Cable was waving me on, but it didn't matter because I wasn't stopping anyway."

The Lady Rockets carried that lead into the top of the seventh, when they broke out for four hits and five runs, including a two-run home run from Farren Holland.

“This was one of the best full team wins I’ve experienced in long time,” Cable said.

The Lady Rockets pounded out 11 hits, at least one from each player. Gramig was 3-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, Haleigh LeCompte was 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Abbott and Holland each added two RBIs.

“We hit the ball up and down the lineup tonight,” Cable said. “We just came up with a lot of confidence.”

Though the Lady Rockets finished strong, the start wasn’t as smooth. Anderson scored all five runs in the first two innings, but only one run was earned. The Lady Rockets committed five errors but bounced back after the second.

“I think we maybe wanted it too badly to start,” Cable said. “We came out a little too intense, and I think that made us tense. But when we got down, there was no head hanging.

"We left the E’s on the field and went to work with our bats. The girls did a great job of rebounding from that.”

Anderson had a shot to break the 5-5 tie in the bottom of the fourth and maybe retake control of the game, but a slick defensive play got the Lady Rockets out of the jam.

With runners on first and third, Anderson was looking to draw a throw to second on a steal attempt. Gramig threw short to Dee Dee Davis at second, and Davis whipped the throw back home, where Gramig blocked the plate and tagged Anderson’s Chelsea Turpin out at home.

“As soon as I threw it, I knew I had her,” Gramig said. “She bit hard on it. That’s one of my favorite plays; anytime we can get a play at the plate I like it.”

Now both teams will head on to the 8th Region Tournament, which starts Monday at the ShelbyCounty athletic complex.

The times won’t be announced until later, but Shelby and Anderson cannot meet until the championship game.

All-tourney team

Four Lady Rockets were named to the 30th District All-Tournament team – Hannah Abbott, Taylor Shaw, Farren Holland and Katie Case.