Late inning rally falls short, West Union falls in Sub-D final

After an exciting championship final, the Sub-D Lady Dragons from West Union finished as runners-up in the league tournament, falling 13-12 to Lynchburg in the title game.
After an exciting championship final, the Sub-D Lady Dragons from West Union finished as runners-up in the league tournament, falling 13-12 to Lynchburg in the title game.

Lynchburg takes crown with 13-12 win –

Story and photos by Mark Carpenter –

The Southern Hills Youth League Sub-D softball girls tournament came to a close last weekend on the field behind Ripley High School as the title game match up saw the West Union Lady Dragons battling the Lynchburg Golden Girls. West Union needed to defeat Lynchburg twice to capture the crown, as they had battled their way out of the loser’s bracket to the championship contest.
The West Union girls won their first two tournament games, knocking off two squads from North Adams, which sent them to a semi-final face off with the same Lynchburg squad. the Golden Girls took that contest, which dropped the little Lady Dragons into the loser’s bracket where they battled Whiteoak for the opportunity to move to the tourney final and a rematch with Lynchburg. West Union prevailed in that match up, thereby setting up Saturday’s championship tilt.

West Union catcher Madison White fires a throw towards first base in action from last weekend's Sub-D softball championship game played at Ripley High School.
West Union catcher Madison White fires a throw towards first base in action from last weekend’s Sub-D softball championship game played at Ripley High School.

That championship tilt turned out to be a good one as West Union grabbed an early lead, Lynchburg come back to take a bigger lead, then the Lady Dragons scored six times in their final at-bat and fell just short as the Golden Girls escaped with the 13-12 victory.
In the top of the first inning, the Golden Girls score four times, but West Union answered right back in their half. The home team on the scoreboard banged out seven hits in the bottom of the first, scoring four times to tie the game at 4 apiece.
Lynchburg went scoreless in the top of the second, giving the Lady Dragons the chance to take the lead, which they did, getting a two-run triple off the bat of Raylee Brummett to grab a 6-4 advantage with the game half complete.

This mighty swing resulted in a two run triple off the bat of West Union's Raylee Brummett in the bottom of the second inning of the Sub-D softball tournament championship game.
This mighty swing resulted in a two run triple off the bat of West Union’s Raylee Brummett in the bottom of the second inning of the Sub-D softball tournament championship game.

The back and forth continued when the Golden Girls came to bat in the top of the third and scored four times. getting six singles and a triple to jump back in front 8-6. West Union went down 1-2-3 in their half of the third and Lynchburg took advantage.
In the top of the fourth, the Golden Girls began the frame with back to back hits, then a big three-run homer to left center increased their lead to 11-6. Another single and another homer stretched the lead to seven runs as it began to look like the little ladies from Lynchburg would breeze to a title, but the Lady Dragons had other ideas.

West Union first baseman Piper Stapleton, right, readies to chase down this throw to first in play from the July 2 Sub-D softball tournament final.
West Union first baseman Piper Stapleton, right, readies to chase down this throw to first in play from the July 2 Sub-D softball tournament final.

The Sub-D rules limit a team to scoring seven runs in an at-bat, so West Union came up in the bottom of the fourth needing every one of those seven runs to force the game into extra innings. Things began to look very promising for some extra frames as the Lady Dragons came to bat with a purpose, getting two batters hit by pitches, a pair of doubles and a single, then a big three-bagger by Jocelyn Hall, who came home on another base hit and with nobody out, West Union had the tying run on base, but two strikeouts and a ground out later, the game was over and Lynchburg had escaped with the title with the one-run win.
Both teams were presented with medals for their efforts and in a show of sportsmanship, posed together for a group team picture as a successful Sub-D softball season came to a close.