Lady Eagle slugger Kerigan Newport watches as one of her hits goes toward the wall. (The Herald/Lee Ramsey)

The Seymour Lady Eagle softball team has secured their second trip in a row to the TSSAA state high school softball tournament in Murfreesboro by defeating the Maryville Lady Rebels 9-8.

Last year the Lady Eagles finished fourth in the state tournament and this year they hope to do even better.  Anything is possible especially with a team as talented and well coached as this Seymour team.  A state title could be on the horizon but the team must approach the tournament playing one game at a time.

In the Maryville game the score was tied 4-4 in the seventh inning when Seymour exploded for five runs but Maryville answered in the bottom of the inning with four runs of their own.

The Lady Eagles were trailing 3-1 in the fifth when Carly Lewis smashed a three-run homer that towered over the wall.

Kerigan Newport runs the hit out. (The Herald/Lee Ramsey)

Maryville tied the game in the sixth inning at 4-4.

The Lady Eagles took the lead back with a two-run double by Kaitlin Atkins and the score stood 6-4 Seymour.

After two runners reached base, Kerigan Newport hit the eventual game winner with a three-run homer.  That gave the Lady Eagles a 9-4 lead going into the last at bat for Maryville.

The Lady Rebels weren’t done however as they rallied with four runs making the score 9-8 with two outs.

The winning run was at second base but Seymour’s ace Lewis came through in the circle striking out the last Maryville batter for the huge win and a ticket to the big dance in Murfreesboro.

“This was an unbelievable intense game,” said Dayna Carter, Seymour’s head softball coach. “Probably the best game I’ve coached at Seymour.

Lady Eagle head coach Dayna Carter gives instruction to Samantha Baldwin. (The Herald/Lee Ramsey)

“We were the underdogs going in and we felt we had a lot to prove.  For some reason we don’t get the same respect as Maryville so our girls had a little motivation.  We battled until the very end.  We had 13 hits including two three-run homers.

“It was an awesome night for Seymour softball and it proves that we are building a legacy here.”

The Herald would like to wish Coach Dayna Carter, her assistants and the entire Seymour Lady Eagle softball team good luck in the TSSAA State Tournament.

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