By Ed Greif
The Rhea County Lady Eagles defeated the CCHS Lady Jets 14-2 in the opening round of the District 6AAA softball tournament Friday night at Jet Park.
The win sent the Lady Eagles into Monday's game with second seed SMHS, while White County, 5-4 winners over Warren County, played top seed Cookeville in the other contest.
The Lady Jets will play the loser of the White County-Cookeville game tonight at 5, while Warren County will play the loser of the Rhea County-SMHS game at 7.
There will be three games, beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, and the championship game Thursday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., if necessary.
The Lady Jets scored twice in the top of the first inning on a double by Bailey Woods, a stolen base, an RBI single by Emily Terpening, two errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball off starter Ralger Gravette.
Gravette retired the next five Lady Jets, before giving up a one-out single to Erin Dille in the top of third inning. She allowed a one out single in the top of the fifth inning.
Rhea County scored once in the bottom of the second on a walk, two stolen bases and Ansley Hill's RBI single. Hailey Galvin ripped a double to centerfielder Katie VanHorn threw to Bailey Woods to Dille who tagged out Ansley Hill at the plate for the third out.
Rhea County scored nine runs in the bottom of second on five singles, four walks, a hitbatsman, a groundout, a fielder's choice, stolen bases, an error and wild pitches off Lady Jet starter Jordyn Wilson and reliever Samantha Hassler.
The Lady Eagles added two more runs in the bottom of third on two singles, a double, two hitbatsman and a walk, and tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by Ansley Hill for the 14-2 win.
Leading hitters for CCHS were Bailey Woods (two hits), Erin Dille (one hit), Terpening (one hit), Amber Johnson (one hit) and Wilson (one hit).
Wilson and Hassler allowed 14 runs on 11 hits with six walks, one strikeout and two hitbatsman.