Lady Wildcats are junior high champs


Hayden breezed through the Blount County Junior High Softball tournament last Saturday beating Southeastern, J.B. Pennington, and Appalachian for the championship.

Under clear skies atop Straight Mountain, Hayden started the tournament with a 19-0 win over Southeastern. Jordan Plan and Jaycee Adams had two hits and scored three runs while Payton Hill and Kinzliey Huffstutler had two hits and scored two runs. Huffstutler led the Wildcats with four RBIs. Lanei McDanal had a two-run homer. Plan got the win going three innings allowing zero runs on two hits and striking out three.

In their second game of the day, the Wildcats topped the J.B. Pennington Tigers 11-3. With three hits, four RBIs, and two runs, Chloe Watts led the Wildcats at the plate. Emma Brown had two hits, one RBI, and one run. Plan, Allie Brown, and Marissa Coker each had a hit. Coker and Payton Hill finished with a couple of RBIs while Adams and Brown each scored two runs. Hannah Davidson got the win. She gave up three runs on two hits in two innings.

The Wildcats got their second shutout of the tournament with a 14-0 win over Appalachian in the championship game. Plan was almost perfect in the pitcher’s circle. She alllowed just one hit in five innings striking out five. Hayden racked up 15 hits with Watts leading the way with four hits, one RBI, and three runs. Plan and Hill each had three hits; Plan scored three runs and Hill posted three RBIs. Adams and Gracie Butler had two hits with a run and an RBI. McDanal and Coker scored two runs with Coker adding two RBIs. Davidson and Ella Alldredge each scored one run while E. Brown, Allie Brown, and Huffstutler finished with one hit apiece. Huffstutler also had a couple of RBIs. The Wildcats are now 17-7.