The Chattanooga State Lady Tiger softball team regained the top spot as the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Champion on Wednesday as they held on for a 13-8 win over Volunteer State.
The Lady Tigers went 4-0 in the tournament, but found the going a little tough on the last day. They won their first two games of the tournament in convincing fashion as they defeated Roane in 5 innings by a 9-0 score to open the tournament, and followed that with an 8-0 six inning win over Motlow on Tuesday. Facing Volunteer on Wednesday morning in the winner's bracket final, they held an 9-1 lead going into the bottom of the 5th, but the Lady Pioneers scored five runs in the bottom of the inning; all with two outs to extend the game. It was the same scenario in the championship game later that day as Chattanooga would hold a 10-1 lead after three innings before Volunteer would outscore their opponents 7-3 over the next three innings.
In their opening victory over the Lady Raiders on Monday, the Lady Tigers pounded out 12 hits with Katie Cheeseman, Haley Smith, Ashlynn Holland, Lauren Hamby, and Mary Kate Pritchett each with two hits. Holland would drive in three runs with two doubles while Hamby would score two and drive in two with a double and a home run. Cheeseman and Smith would also score two runs. Brooke Parrot went the five innings for the win. She surrendered two hits with six strikeouts.
In their next game against Motlow, they would bang out 12 hits again in this win. Breanna Vinson, Smith, Shelby Penning, and Pritchett each had two hits in the game. Vinson and Pritchett each would drive in two runs. Parrot agains was the pitcher of record, surrendering two hits with eight strikeouts in her six innings of work.
In their first win over Volunteer Wednesday morning, they had 16 hits with Vinson collecting four hits with a home run and a triple to go with four runs scored and the one RBI. Holland would stroke out three hits with a double and three RBIs. Cheeseman, Smith, and Pritchett each had two hits in the game with Smith hitting a home run to go with a double. All three would each score two runs. Parrot would get the win, but Abby Wall would come in and get the save with 2 1/3 innings of work. Parrot would give up six earned runs on five hits and five walks to go with six strikeouts. Wall would allow onky two hits with four strikeouts.
In the championship game, the Lady Tigers had 16 hits again on the Lady Pioneers. Smith would have three hits with three runs scored, but Holland did the damage with two hits as both were three run home runs in the first and second inning. She would finish with those six RBIs for the game. Cheeseman, Madison Tidmore, and Madison Morris each had multiple hit games wit two apiece. Tidmore would score two runs while Morris would drive in two runs. Parrot agains was the pitcher of record, but struggled as she allowed seven runs (five earned) on sevens hits and five walks. She had seven strikeouts. Wall, again came in for the final two innings to pick up another save. She surrendered one earned run with four hits and three strikeouts.
Holland was recognized as the Tournament's Most Valuable Player as she went 8 for 14 in the four games with three doubles, two home runs, and 12 RBIs.
The Lady Tigers now set their radar on St. George, Utah for the NJCAA Division I College World Series. The tournament will run from May 22-25 at the Canyons Complex. They will learn their seeding and first round opponent next week as several districts have yet to finish play.