For the first time since 2000 and second time in program history, Trousdale County’s Lady Jackets have claimed a regular-season district championship in softball.
Trousdale County and Gordonsville each finished 12-2 in District 6-A, but the Lady Jackets had the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lady Tigers.
Trousdale’s girls needed two wins last week to secure the title and got both, including a 6-5 come-from-behind victory on April 30 at Red Boiling Springs.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Kirsten Eversole belted a grand slam to give the Lady Jackets their first lead of the game.
RBS got a homer from senior Allison Deckard in the bottom of the inning to get her team within 6-5 but the Lady Jackets closed the door in the seventh to complete a regular-season sweep.
“Being down 4-0 early in the game would make most teams check out,” said TCHS coach Blake Satterfield. “However we knew what was on the line and came through in the end.
“Kirsten’s grand slam got momentum on our side and after that play we never looked back.”
Sophomores Hannah Hailey, Makayla Crook and Sidney Gregory also had hits for the Lady Jackets, as did freshman Alivia Boykin.
Eversole pitched the first two innings, Boykin the next three and Hailey closed out the final two innings while recording four strikeouts in the process.
“Being the No. 1 seed heading into the tournament is something we haven’t done in Trousdale County softball before,” Satterfield added. “We have a tough road ahead and it will take a lot of hard work to stay at No. 1 in the district at the end of the tournament. But we are up for the challenge.”
At Jackson County on April 29, the Lady Jackets fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but then buzzed back with three runs in the third and four in the fourth as they went on to an 8-3 win over the Lady Blue Devils.
Trousdale had 11 hits including three from Eversole, who had a pair of doubles. Hailey and Crook each added a pair of hits while senior Camyron Hurd, sophomore Rebecca Chapman, sophomore Kinley Brown and Gregory each had hits.
Hailey went the distance on the mound and rang up seven strikeouts.
The top-seeded Lady Jackets opened tournament play at home on Friday against Clarkrange. After a sluggish start with two runs in the first inning, Coach Satterfield’s girls exploded for 16 runs in the second and won 18-2 over the Lady Buffaloes in three innings.
Eversole continued to swing a hot bat as she went 2-for-2 at the plate. Also with hits were Hailey, Crook, Rebecca Chapman, freshman Elyssa Chapman, Brown and Boykin.
Boykin started the game but left after being hit in the shoulder by a line drive in the second inning. Sophomore Katie Crowder finished the game.
The win moved the Lady Jackets’ record to 14-7 overall and moved them into a Monday matchup with Clay County. That game was to be played in South Carthage.