Orange Crush take third in CMT Fastpitch Classic

from staff reports

   The Elizabethton Orange Crush 16-and-under traveling softball team placed third in the CMT Fastpitch Youth Classic held this past weekend at Winged Deer park.
   They upset a Southwest Virginia all-star team, which had placed first in last week's Pigeon Forge tournament, by a score of 4-3 to advance in pool play.
   Tied going into the bottom of the fifth and final inning, with two outs, Kristie Keys smacked a single to center field.
   With Katie Hubbard up to bat, Keys stole second on a fake bunt. Hubbard then ripped a line drive double to left center field to drive in Keys for the win.
   Jessica Robinson took the impressive victory on the mound.
   Continuing in battle, the Crush faced another Virginia team the VT Eliminators, and walked away with the win by a 3-2 score to put the Crush in third place. Kristie Keys took the win on the mound with strong offensive showings from Caitlyn Kerley, Katie Hubbard, Tia Nave and Jessica Robinson.
   "Our pitchers (Kristie Keys, Jessica Robinson and Sarah Ruston) did a great job and have improved a lot," said Coach Keys. "The field played great behind them. They played great defense and our bats finally started coming around. That's what it takes to win.
   "I'm really proud of these girls," said Crush manager Rob Edgar. "This was our third tournament and we're only getting better. We're a very young team and only one of a few teams that consists solely of just girls from our school. We're facing the best of the best and these girls proved this weekend that they can compete with anybody."