Lady Raptors take Sonic title, look to be state's No. 1 team
By Joe Williams, For the Williamson Herald
The Ravenwood Raptor softball team captured the Gold Division Championship in the Franklin Sonic Classic tournament at Fly Park Saturday and, in the process, staked a claim as the best Class AAA team in the state.
The Raptors closed the event with a thrilling 3-0 victory over Chattanooga-area power Walker Valley. Tied at the end of five frames, the finals went to an international tiebreaker where Ravenwood pushed across three runs and then held Walker Valley.
Raygan Greer took the win in the finals, one of multiples as her team mowed through the field of 24 undefeated. Over the course of two days, Ravenwood beat top-ranked Beech, No. 12 Lincoln County, No. 6 Dickson County and the fifth-ranked team in Division II, St. Benedict.
Several other county teams made strong runs in the event. Host Franklin opened with a win over Bolton (5-0) before surprising ranked Lincoln County (3-1). Division II stalwart Davidson Academy ended the Lady Rebels run, 6-5.
After a disappointing opening round loss to Pope John Paul II (1-0), Centennial rolled past Lipscomb Academy (5-3) and Summit (8-4) before falling to Division II’s third-ranked team, Columbia Academy (9-8) in the Silver Division semifinals. Summit fell to Davidson Academy (1-0) in the first round but topped Bolton (5-3) in the second before falling in the Silver Division quarterfinals to county rival Centennial.
Independence showed strength in pre-tourney action, drawing a first round bye. The Eagles handled Grainger High from upper-East Tennessee 5-2 before running into eventual runner-up Walker Valley in the Gold Division quarterfinals, falling 2-1.
County teams now turn their attention to the final two weeks of the regular season, chasing seeding for district tournaments. Brentwood, Centennial, Franklin, Independence, and Ravenwood each have four 11-AAA games remaining on their schedule before the district tournament begins May 6 at Brentwood.
The Lady Raptors are in the driver’s seat with a 5-0 record in district play while Indy (3-2), Centennial (2-2), and Franklin (2-3) are still in the running.
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Posted on: 4/17/2013