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MCKENZIE, Tenn. (April 30, 2021 ) – The Bethel Lady Wildcats played host to the Saints of Thomas More in the best of a three-game series in the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament …
MCKENZIE, Tenn. (April 30, 2021 ) – The Bethel Lady Wildcats played host to the Saints of Thomas More in the best of a three-game series in the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament Friday. Bethel entered the field as a five seed while the Saints were the eighth seed.
The Lady Wildcats took game one 8-0 in five innings. They won game two 5-0. With the sweep the Lady Cats advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament which begins on Thursday, May 6 with the championship game slated for Saturday, May 8. There is a scheduled if necessary game on Sunday if the team that emerges from the consolation bracket wins the first championship game.
In game one Bethel scored runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Melanie Alexander drove in a run in the second on a fielder’s choice. Gillian Grahn had an RBI single in the third. Kayla Reed drove in a run in the fourth with a double. The Lady Cats exploded for five in the fifth which started with a Bailey Bandy RBI single. Maddie Cochran followed with an RBI single. Alexander drew a walk with the bases loaded. Reed struck again with an RBI single. Kayla Gillespie put the game away with an RBI single. Billie Douglas was the winner while Annika Gels suffered the Saint loss.
Game two saw Bethel jump out to an early lead with Macey Cox driving in two runs in the first. The Lady Wildcats added another run in the fourth on a TMU error. Later in the inning, Maddie Cochran drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Bethel increased their margin to 5-0 in the fifth after an RBI single by Kennedy Gillespie. Maddie Cochran earned the win firing a three-hitter. Gels suffered the TMU loss.
Coach John Weeks was pleased with the win. “It was a great team effort. We had timely hitting and played good defense. Our pitching in the circle was excellent as well. We look forward to seeing our season continue next week and excited about our opportunity.”
Bethel improved to 26-14 while TMU finished their season at 17-28.
Campbellsville (Ky.) earned the top seed in the tournament and received a bye into six-team double-elimination tournament. The bracketed tournament begins on Thursday, May 6, at Sparks Park in Columbia, Ky. Campbellsville will host a pair of consolation tournament games on Friday in addition to Friday’s winner’s bracket games at Sparks Park. The remainder of the tournament, including the championship game is scheduled to be contested at Sparks Park.
The tournament will be reseeded for the final site once the six teams have been determined.
The two teams that reach the championship game will earn the Mid-South Conference’s two automatic bids into the NAIA National Tournament field.