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Articles by David Dawson, Rome News-Tribune Sports Writer
Photos by William T. Martin / Rome News-Tribune


Armuchee 3, Rockmart 2 At Shorter, Jennifer Bryan and Lindsey Ware got singles wins for the Lady Indians and the Armuchee duo of Abby Fricks and Shelly Seamon clinched the match victory.


Armuchee 3, Trion 2 The Lady Indians got singles wins from Jennifer Bryan and Lindsey Ware. Armuchee clinched the win with a victory by Abby Fricks and Shelly Seamon.


Prep softball: Wright powers Armuchee

The first two meetings between Model and Armuchee this season went down to the wire, with each game being decided by only one run. But Brooke Wright made sure Wednesday’s game was no where near that close. Wright rocked Model by producing three hits and six RBI during Armuchee’s 12-7 win in an Area 8-AA/A South softball game. Wright, the Lady Indians’ shortstop, was also stellar in the field. She finished the day with five assists, including twice robbing Model hitters of potential RBI basehits. Overall, it was that type of day, as Armuchee continuously came up with big plays — and Model didn’t. “I can hardly describe how good this feels,” said Armuchee coach Aimee Sayors. “I am so proud of these girls. They played like a team.” Meanwhile, Model coach Steve Turrentine was visibly agitated: “For the first time in 11 years, I am not really sure what to say,” he said. “My level of frustration is higher than it has been in a long time.” His disappointment was due to the Lady Devils failure to capitalize, as Model (8-2, 3-2) stranded 12 baserunners in the loss. “Our heads were not in the game,” Turrentine said, “and I think that was why we wasted so many scoring chances.” After building a 5-3 lead midway through the game, Model left nine runners on base in the final four innings. In the meantime, the Armuchee offense proved opportunistic, scoring nine runs on six hits to rally for the win. “This is the team I want to see,” Sayors said. “The girls made the most of their chances all day.” Wright directed the attack with a pair of clutch hits — a two-out, two-run double in the fourth and another two-out, two-run double in the fifth. She later added an RBI-single. The other Armuchee basehits came from Hanna Chapman (single, two RBI), Shelly Seamon (double), and Heather Kilgore (single). On the mound, Stephanie Phinazee (4-4) went the distance to get the win.


Ashley Morgan led Armuchee with three hits, while Shelly Seamon and Savanna Chapman had two hits each.


Armuchee 11, Adairsville 8 Savannah Champman had three hits and drove in five runs to lift Armuchee over host Adairsville in a 6-AA contest. Dana Abrams and Hanna Chapman also had three hits each for the Lady Indians (2-1, 1-1). On the mound, Stephanie Phinazee (1-1) got the win and Shelly Seamon (1-0, 1 save) recorded the save for Armuchee, which hosts Darlington on Monday.


Armuchee 11, Chattooga 6

Shelly Seamon (3-0, 1 save) hurled a complete game and Brooke Wright had a pair of hits as Armuchee downed Chattooga in a non-subregion game. Armuchee (4-3, 0-3) hosts Model on Monday.


Abrams burns Lady Tigers

It wasn’t that Armuchee’s Dana Abrams was dying to be the hero. She was just dying for the game to end. With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Abrams lined an RBI-single to centerfield to finally break a scoreless tie and give the Lady Indians a 1-0 win over Adairsville on Monday.

“I was ready for it to be over,” said Abrams with a smile. “The game needed to end right there. “And I just wanted to hit the ball low and hard,” she said. “I knew all I needed to do was put the ball in play.”

Abrams’ clutch hit — which came on the heels of a perfect sacrifice bunt by Shelly Seamon — was one of the few offensive highlights in the game. Instead, the contest featured splendid defense and superb outings from the two starting pitchers: Adairsville’s Tasha Harris and Armuchee’s Seamon. Both pitchers went the distance, and neither issued a walk. Combined, they surrendered just eight hits. Seamon (5-0, 1 save) earned the decision by hurling a three-hit shutout while Harris (7-1) was saddled with the tough-luck loss.

“It was a shame that somebody had to lose,” said Armuchee coach Telisa Chapman. “Both teams played well, and both pitchers were sharp. It was a great game.”

Scoring opportunities were scarce during the crisply-played contest, which lasted only 80 minutes. Adairsville had its best chance in the second inning when Jennifer Williams and Amber Reece produced back-to-back singles. However, Seamon managed to escape that jam, and she pitched brilliantly the rest of the way, retiring 18 of the final 20 hitters she faced.

Meanwhile, Adairsville’s Harris was throwing a dandy game of her own, giving up just one hit in the first four innings. Harris got in trouble in fifth when Armuchee loaded bases with one out, but first baseman Keisha Roberts came up with two big plays — she made a perfect throw to the plate for the second out and then snared a line drive on her knees to end the threat.

In the late innings, Armuchee shortstop Brooke Wright added to the list of defensive gems by turning two double plays. But the play of the game belonged to Adairsville right fielder Whitney Scott for her sensational diving grab of Seamon's line drive. Armuchee, which plays at Coosa on Wednesday, was paced offensively by Patrice Clonts and Abrams, who had two hits each.


Armuchee 7, Adairsville 6 This was tournament softball at its best — a compelling contest that featured one momentum swing after the next. Adairsville had the game’s first big rally, as the Lady Tigers struck for four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Amber Reece’s two-run single with two outs capped the rally and gave Adairsville a 6-5 lead. But Armuchee answered in the top of the seventh when Dana Abrams led off with a single, stole two bases, and came around to score the game-tying run on Ashley Bowen’s RBI-ground out. Savanna Chapman and Hanna Chapman followed with back-to-back singles, and one out later, Jennifer Himes smacked a clutch RBI single to give Armuchee a 7-6 lead. Winning pitcher Brittany Gresham (2-4, 1 save) then held Adairsville scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to a game-ending double-play by shortstop Brooke Wright. Patrice Clonts finished with three hits for the Lady Indians, while Abrams and Hanna Chapman both went 2-for-3. Shelly Seamon was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Ashley Morgan was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

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