Senior League girls finish third in state tournament

The Morristown Senior League Softball All-Stars finished third at the Tennessee Senior League State Softball Tournament in Portland.

PORTLAND — The Morristown Senior League Softball All-Stars battled valiantly but ended up being eliminated just shy of the championship game at the Tennessee Senior League State Softball Tournament on Sunday.

After a 19-3 victory over Bristol kept the team alive following Saturday’s loss to Bean Station, Morristown eliminated the host team with a 15-7 victory before dropping a 9-2 decision to Bean Station once again to end the tournament run. Bean Station played St. Bethlehem in the title game.

In the win over Bristol, Alexa Long hammered a home run over the fence and was robbed of a grand slam in the same game after a fly ball hit a power line across the outfield, resulting in a ground-rule double.

Long’s home run against Bristol was part of a four-run first inning, as the game ended in five innings due to the mercy rule. Morristown added two more runs in the second and fourth innings an 11 runs in the fifth to bring the game to a conclusion.

Susan Johnson was the winning pitcher over Bristol.

Against Portland, winning pitcher Victoria Darnell ripped three hits in the contest, as Morristown pushed across three runs in the first inning, seven more in the second, four in the third and another in the fourth in the 15-7 victory.

In the final game for Morristown, two runs in the fourth inning was not enough to overcome Bean Station, as they scored two in the first and second innings, another in the third and four more in the fourth to secure the win.

Johnson was the pitcher of record in the loss, and she went deep in the contest. Long added two hits in the defeat.