Tuscola’s softball team pushed three across in the first inning of their semi final contest of the Tuscola Regional versus Marshall then kept building from there securing a spot in the championship.
The Lady Warriors upended a feisty Lady Lion squad 9-0 earning a rematch with a strong Shelbyville team that holds a pair of previous wins over them.
The Warriors utilized a strong outing on the mound by Ashton Smith and a balanced offensive attack that put numbers up in three of the six innings they stepped to the dish. Both Claire Ring and Jackie Watson drove in three runs in the skirmish and each donated a two-RBI double to the cause, while Smith scattered three hits and no walks our over seven innings of action, taking care of nine on her own.
Isabelle Shelmadine took one for the team leading off the bottom of the first, moved on a wild pitch, then stole third and scored on a ground ball by Watson to start the scoring. Kendyl Ring followed Shelmadine with a walk, stole second, moved on the ground ball, and scored on a single by Alexis Koester who also drove in Allison Clark. Clark found her way on the base paths four times in the game, each time on a hit by pitch while scoring twice.
The ladies in black and gold put another on the board in the third when C. Ring drove in Kaitlyn Reifsteck with a single to left center. They then sealed the deal on a championship berth with a five-run bottom of the sixth. Shelmadine led off the frame with a walk, stole a base, and scored on a two-RBI double by Watson, who pushed K. Ring across as well. Reifsteck singled to left scoring Clark for the third run of the stanza, and C. Ring doubled with a ball to left center driving in both Reifsteck and catcher Ashtyn Clark to end the scoring.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, May 23 edition of The Tuscola Journal.