By: Jim Steele
Union City scored three in the third and one in the fourth for a 4-0 lead, then held off McKenzie to claim the Region 7A softball championship 4-1.
The game was interrupted twice by lightning late in the game. McKenzie will travel to Scotts Hill Friday for its substate game while Union City hosts Jackson Christian. The Lady Rebels suffered a 10-0 loss at Scotts Hill on March 18.
The Lady Rebels had opportunities early, but could not cash in. McKenzie appeared to get things rolling in the first inning. Audrie Washburn led off with a single, stole second and took third on a passed ball. Shelby Tucker walked and reached second, so the Lady Rebels had runners at second and third with one out, but could not score. In the third. Washburn singled, Tucker reached on an error, but both runners were stranded.
Union City broke the ice and pushed three runs across in the bottom of the third. With one out, Brianna Johnson singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt. Gracie Laster walked, and Taylor Crittendon loaded the bases when she reached on an error. Olivia Matherly doubled to right and drove in three runs with two out. The Lady Tornadoes scored another run in its half of the fourth when Justice Pearson singled, took second on a passed ball and reached third when Kallie Worrell struck out, but had to be thrown out at first. With two down, Johnson singled to score Laster, but was thrown out at second after the run scored.
In the McKenzie fifth, Jenna Tucker singled and reached third when Shelby Tucker doubled to left-center. Chloe Williams grounded out, but drove in Jenna Tucker. Shelby Tucker wound up on third, but was stranded there.
That's when the storms came and the game was suspended after six innings.
Audrie Washburn suffered the hard-luck decision, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out 10. She was 2-3 at the plate. Shelby Tucker doubled and Jenna Tucker singled. Williams had the line MHS RBI.
Crittendon gave up four hits, struck out five and walked two for Union City. Matherly was doubled with three RBI and Johnson had an RBI single.
.McKenzie is 21-11.