Bryant’s RBI double lifts Goodpasture into softball finals

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 3:05am

MURFREESBORO — Barely escaping a stiff challenge, Goodpasture finds itself just two wins from a seventh straight softball championship.

Senior Megan Bryant belted a fifth-inning RBI double that broke up a superb pitching duel and lifted the Cougars to a 1-0 win over Gibbs High in the AA state softball tournament Wednesday night at Starplex Park.

Bryant’s big hit pushed Goodpasture into the finals of the BlueCross Spring Fling competition and the Cougars (39-3) will meet Unicoi County, a 1-0, 10-inning winner over Lexington, in today’s winners bracket final. A win there puts Goodpasture one win from the title.

Auburn signee Kelsey Cartwright had two hits for Goodpasture and was the only player to have a multiple hit game. Cheyanna Knepper fired a five-hitter, striking out six and walking two and pitched out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, just after the Cougars had taken the lead. Losing pitcher Samantha Smith was also superb, also allowing just five hits.

Ryan bows out: Father Ryan had a day the Irish would just as soon forget about.
The only Nashville team in the DII-AA tournament, Ryan lost both games in their tourney debut, both by the 10-run mercy rule Wednesday when they were outscored 23-2.

St. Benedict drubbed Ryan 11-1 in six innings as the Irish managed only two hits, those by Olivia Waters and Hannah Harris.

In the elimination game, Ryan was trounced by Baylor 12-1, which clinched the game with a six-run sixth. Ryan managed just four hits. Brittanie Albright was the losing pitcher in both games, but she did strike out 10 in the two games. Ryan ended 18-14.

Davidson in finals: Davidson Academy will meet SBEC today at 10 a.m. in the winners bracket finals of the DI-A Spring Fling championships. A win puts the Bears (26-13) in the winners bracket finals. The Bears are within two wins of the title.

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