Blossman caps undefeated season by winning tourney

By Marvin Birchfield
STAR STAFF
mbirchfield@starhq.com
An upset just wasn't in the cards on Saturday as Blossman Gas finished with a perfect season by defeating the Elizabethton Police Department 10-2 for the Little League tournament softball championship at Lions Park.
Blossman posted a record of 24-0 on the year, and after a fast start in the championship game it was not going to be denied the season ending title.
"We're just fortunate we've got this good of pitching. Kadey Robinson has worked hard day in day out, and all the girls came up today and put the bat on the ball," said Blossman Gas coach Terry Cox. "I'm just real proud of them. We went undefeated all year and finished our season up undefeated and won our tournament, so now we're ready for all-stars."
By the end of the first frame, Blossman, after connecting on five hits, had built a 4-0 advantage.
A double by Robinson drove in the first run of the contest, with Amanda Schultz crossing home.
The last run of the frame came when Elizabeth Quintero, who was 4-for-4 on the day, smacked a triple to bring in Danielle Matherly.
"All the girls strived hard and this is a great group of girls and a great group of parents, and that's what it's all about," said Cox.
Blossman added another run in the top of the third as Quintero knocked a base hit which brought home Rikki Pritchard.
Three more runs were posted in the fourth frame, with the first two coming off a double by Schultz, bringing home Kendra Campbell and Brittany Morefield.
A single from Robinson scored Schultz, as Blossman enjoyed an 8-0 lead after four innings of action.
Quintero ripped a hit again in the fifth frame to drive in Kristen Honeycutt, and at this point it seemed that Blossman might be headed for a shutout.
EPD had trouble in making contact with the bat, as the Blossman pitcher Robinson was strong from the mound all game long.
Robinson connected on 11 strikeouts, with nine of them coming through the first five innings.
"I tried my hardest and I hated giving up those two hits. I wanted it to be a great game, but that's all right," said Robinson. "The team did good -- we had a 24-0 season -- and I'm real happy. I'm looking forward to all-stars, and I hope we can beat Unicoi when we play them."
Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, EPD got its bats working as an infield hit by Kelly Lyons scored Chelsea Nidiffer.
Another run crossed when Ashley Cantrell banged out a hit that brought home Lyons and cut the deficit to 9-2 heading into the final frame.
"Every time we play them we have at least a couple of bad innings, and then toward the end we came around, but by that time it was too late," said EPD coach Jamie Johnson. "Toward the end we started hitting the ball real well, and if we could have done that the whole game then we'd of been in pretty good shape."
Blossman came back to add a run in the seventh when Matherly ripped a hit up the middle to score Honeycutt.
After a lead-off hit from Brittany Henson, EPD was unable to get its offense rolling, as Blossman was the only team to defeat them on the season.
"This was my first year of coaching and I was proud we finished second. This was the only team to beat us all year, and they didn't lose to anybody," said Jamie Johnson. "I'm really proud of these girls for finishing second."
In other action it was the Elizabethton Police Department defeating Peebles 22-3 which lifted them to a chance to play in the championship.
Chesnie Cox was 4-for-4 and Cantrel 2-for-2 at the plate for EPD, while Brittany Sorell finished 1-2 for Peebles.
Blossman Gas headed to the championship after defeating Big John's in a final of 10-3.
Rikki Pritchard led the way for Blossman by going 2-for-2 at bat, and Mindy Montgomery was 1-for-1 for Big John's.