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As the postseason rages on, three teams are still left standing in UC Sports Nation in baseball and softball.
Here is a look at each team, as they each prepare for the Sectional round of postseason play and are all a single win away from participating in the Spring Fling State Tournament in Murfreesboro next week.
First up, our lone baseball team is the DeKalb County Tigers. After falling to Watertown in the District 8AA Championship, the Tigers clinched their Sectional bid with a 4-3 win over Sequatchie County on Monday. They met Watertown once again and fell in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel for a home game.
The opponent waiting for them on Friday is Signal Mountain, a team they haven’t played in seven years. The last time they met (May 12, 2014), it was a 12-2 win for the Tigers in a similar situation.
Up next, the White County Warriorettes won three consecutive elimination games over Stone Memorial, Cookeville and Warren County to clinch a spot in the region tournament. Addison Abell then put together one of her best outings of the season with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game 3-1 win over East Hamilton to earn their Sectional game.
The Warriorettes will face a tough contender on Friday, as they will head to Murfreesboro to take on Siegel, a 33-1 team that hasn’t lost a game since March 26’s defeat against South Gibson.
Finally, the Lady Bees of Upperman didn’t lose a postseason game until Macon County scored a comeback win in the District Championship series to force another game. Upperman responded with an 8-6 win over those same Tigerettes to win the District Crown. This led to a home region game against Bledsoe County, a game the Lady Bees dominated 11-0 to clinch a Sectional bid. After Wednesday’s 12-11 loss to Sequatchie County, UHS will also have to go on the road for Substate.
This will feature a first-ever meeting with Red Bank, who are winners of their last three games and nine of their last 10 games.
Friday night will be really simple for all three teams: win, and you go to State. Lose, and the season is over.
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