Lady Warriors top Powell, beaten by Baylor, Cleveland

from staff reports

   KINGSPORT -- While the Lady Warriors lost two of three on the final day of the Eastman Invitational softball tournament, they did put up quite a fight.
   Happy Valley, going 5-3 in the three-day event, started Sunday with a 5-3 loss to eventual tournament champion Baylor, followed with a 7-4 win over Knox Powell, and finished with a 2-0 loss to Cleveland.
   Against Baylor, the Lady Warriors (10-7) held a 2-1 lead until Baylor clustered a total of four runs on six hits in the fifth.
   The game wasn't without a bit of controversy. In their final at-bat, in the sixth (due to time limit), the Lady Warriors narrowed the gap by scoring a run, and appeared to pull even closer when another runner crossed the plate. However, the second of the two runs was taken away when interference was called on the on-deck batter, accounting for the game-ending out.
   Baylor finished with 11 hits, including a solo homer from Lawrence, and no errors while Happy Valley had seven hits and one error.
   Terra Whaley paced the Lady Warrior offense by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Kate Powell also produced a 2-for-3 game.
   Against Knox Powell, Happy Valley jumped on top 3-0 in the first inning and led the entire contest.
   Mandy Byrd and Jessica Blevins both batted 2-for-2 to spearhead an eight-hit Lady Warrior attack.
   Powell, which had five hits, committed four errors to Happy Valley's two.
   Kortney Goulds was the winning pitcher, and Christy Shell held the fort in relief.
   Happy Valley's third and final game was a scoreless one until the fourth, when Cleveland squeezed across a single run. The winners added another run in the sixth to overcome the good pitching of Alicia Dick and Goulds.
   Dick and Goulds limited Cleveland to six hits, but the Lady Warriors managed just four hits themselves.
   Adkins topped Cleveland, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.