Ravenwood continues softball dominance
By Joe Williams, For the Williamson Herald
Ravenwood captured a fifth straight District 11-AAA softball tournament title Thursday night, shutting out a youthful Franklin team 10-0 in six innings on a Raygan Greer no-hitter.
With home field advantage at stake for next week’s regional tournament, the Lady Raptors broke open a 1-0 game in the bottom of the third. Tallying one run, Kendal Diehl drew a walk from freshman Maddie Sherwood setting singles by Susan Huddleston, Demi Patonis and Sarah Green that scored three more and giving Ravenwood a 5-0 lead.
Madison Zoeller opened the fifth with a leadoff solo home run and Diehl scored again on Green’s double to center field. In the sixth, Diehl drove in Haley Barnett with a double before Huddleston’s single to center plated Zoeller and Diehl to end the game.
Franklin, which had been on an offensive roll in the last two games against Independence, found their bats silenced by junior Raygan Greer, who faced just one batter over the minimum for six innings after she threw a grounder high to first base. Greer struck out 11 of the 19 batters she faced, throwing just 77 pitches, an amazing 65 for strikes.
The win kept Ravenwood’s record unblemished against district teams, with a visit to Franklin earlier in the season their closest contest, a 2-1 victory.
Franklin head coach Marshall Winkler was succinct in his post-game interview.
“We ran into Raygan Greer again,” he said. “They have beaten us four times this year and we have scored one run in four games. She just mows us down.”
Greer, who has a focused intensity on the mound and a bubbly personality off, was quick to down play the individual praise.
“I’m very proud of us. This entire team has a fantastic work ethic and just great chemistry. We know the road will get tougher. We’ve been challenged in weekend tournaments all season, but I think we are ready.”
The fact that hard work led to yet another title was strong on first year head coach Cj Pangallo’s mind too.
“We put in a lot of hours, both in season and out. We have a very strong JV program. We set our goals and work hard to reach them. We try to instill goals of excellence each year.”
Ravenwood will host McGavock Monday. The Lady Raiders finished second in the District 12-AAA tourney.
Franklin must travel to 12-AAA champion Overton on Monday. That game, scheduled for a 5 p.m. start, will be played at Whitwell Park in Nashville. The Lady Rebels defeated the Lady Bobcats 9-1 two weeks ago on Senior Night at Cheek Park.
The winner of those two games will meet Wednesday for the Region 6-AAA trophy. If either of the 12-AAA teams survives, that game will be played in Nashville. If both of the Williamson County teams advance, Ravenwood would host the championship.
Both teams in the regional finals will advance to the substate where a victory would mean a slot in the state championship series.
Posted on: 5/10/2013