The Station Camp Lady Bison claimed the District 9-AAA championship Thursday, downing the Beech Lady Bucs 12-0 in five innings behind an explosive offense and a shut-down pitching performance from tournament MVP Madison Croxford.
“It feels good,” Croxford said. “I expected us to win, but I didn’t expect the awards.”
“It feels really good,” Station Camp Coach Ken Crook said of winning the district championship. “I’m proud of the girls.”
“We seem to be playing really well at the right time of the year,” he added.
The win avenged the Lady Bison’s two regular-season losses to Beech by scores of 5-4 and 3-1.
“It surprised me a little bit”, Crooke said of the blowout. “But we’ve been playing well recently.”
His team played well against Beech in all three phases of Thursday’s game: hitting, pitching and defense, Crook said.
Station Camp racked up 16 hits, with seven players collecting multiple hits. Junior catcher Macauley Bailey led the offensive explosion for the Lady Bison. She went three for three with a walk and two runs batted in.
Bailey got Station Camp started when she hit a line drive of the centerfield wall for a single. Lilly Jarvis lined the ball over the right-centerfield fence for a two-run homer.
“When someone hits a home run, it’s always a jump start and it shows the rest of the team that the pitcher isn’t going to blow anything by us,” Bailey said.
“They came out and popped us in the mouth,” Beech Coach Kristi Utley said. “We didn’t react well. As a team, we just didn’t play well.”
For Station Camp, Jarvis, Jordan Grigsby, Rylee Lautzenheiser, Allie Pyle, Addie Bean and Kealey Jackson all contributed two hits, and Krycket Grigsby added another hit. Jarvis had three RBIs and Jackson two. Lautzenheiser, Pyle and Krycket Grigsby all chipped in another RBI.
From the mound, Croxford limited the Lady Bucs to three hits, two by Kaitlyn Graham, and two walks.
“My curveball was really good,” Croxford said. “I was hitting the corners.”
“She pitched really well,” Crook said of his pitcher. “She mixes it up really well. … She’s consistent and hardly ever walks anyone.”
Both teams qualified for the Region 5 tournament, which will begin on Monday.
Station Camp will host their game Monday, while Beech will start the tournament on the road.
“We’ve got to be better” in the region tournament, Utley said of her team, whose record now stands at 19-13-1.
“I think we need to rely on each other and trust each other on the field,” Bailey said of her team, which now holds a 20-10 record. “If we keep it about the team … we’ll do really well and go really far.”
Station Camp hosts Springfield on Monday, May 17 while Beech travels to Clarksville High School for the Region 5AAA semifinal round. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Station Camp 230 16 — 12
Beech 000 00 — 0
WP Madison Croxford; LP Brianne Faulk. HR Lilly Jarvis (SC)
Beech: Ella Bishop, Brianna Faulk, Whitney Lee, Kaitlyn Graham
Gallatin: Kiersten Mesler, Maggie Pearson
Green Hill: Allison Brake, Emily LeGrand, Keeton Brown
Hendersonville: Carly Ward
Mt. Juliet: GAbby Faccadio, Karah Hood
Portland: Lily Whitehead
Station Camp: Macauley Bailey, Madison Croxford, Makenzie Woodall
Wilson Central: Taelor Chang, Alli Johnson, Parker Herrin, Madison Carey
Pitcher of the Year: Kyleigh Pitzer, Wilson Central
MVP: A’Niya Boone, Gallatin
Coaches of the Year: Kristi Utley, Beech; Kacey Predigo, Wilson Central
All District Tournament
Gallatin: Hannah Gaines
Portland: Eryn Cheney
Mt. Juliet: Karli Costley, Taylor Haymans
Wilson Central: Taelor Chang, Maddison Stowell
Green Hill: Ashlyn Riggs, Sophia Waters
Lebanon: Landry Dixon, Alaina Smith.
Beech: Sara Brogdon, Briley Johnson, Keyleigh Midgett
Station Camp: MVP Maddison Croxford, Rylee Lautzenheiser, Jordan Grigbsy, Lilly Jarvis, Allie Pyle