Graves County Middle School recently won its own Third Annual Middle School Softball Tournament. The Lady Eagles were hosts to seven teams in the weekend tournament Aug. 26-27 that the Mayfield Arby's Restaurant helped to sponsor. On that Friday night, the Lady Eagles opened the tournament with a win over Livingston County, 7-2, and again that Saturday morning Graves County beat Murray 6-0. Graves went on to the semi-finals to beat Heath 2-0 to meet up with Marshall County in the finals.
After the first inning of the championship game, both teams were scoreless, but in the bottom of the second inning the Lady Eagles’ hitting came alive. Macey Cox led off the inning with a walk and advanced on Keely Barnes' bunt single. Cassidy Sheppard followed with a single up the middle to advance all three. McKenzie Payne then hit a single to left field that drove in Cox. Next, Lindsey Whitlock laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Barnes; then Dana Adkins blasted a triple to left-center to drive in Sheppard and Payne for the final two runs of the game. Graves' defense once again produced another shut-out and allowed only one hit with Hannah Ridolfi striking out six of the Lady Marshals to seal the championship with a final score of 4-0 and capture the Lady Eagles’ third tournament championship title during August.
The tournament order of finish was First Place-Graves County; Second Place-Marshall County; tied for Third Place-Heath and Reidland. Other participating teams include: Livingston County, Murray, and Trigg County.
Members of the All-Tournament Team include Kalli Harris-Heath, Dana Adkins-Graves County, Audrey Dodd-Reidland, Cassidy Sheppard-Graves County, Lexee Miller-Marshall County, Emily McCullom-Reidland, Hannah Ridolfi-Graves County, Briley English-Marshall County, Lindsey Whitlock-Graves County, and Abby Feissinger-Marshall County.
THIRD TOURNEY CHAMPIONSHIP THIS AUGUST – The Graves County Middle School Lady Eagles won their own third annual softball tournament Aug. 26-27. It was the team’s third tournament championship during August. Pictured here, from left, are (front row) Kaitlin McGill, Dana Adkins, Sarah Watts, Lauren Rowland, (second row) Hannah Ridolfi, McKenzie Payne, Kenzie Murphy, Bekah Courtney, Macey Cox, Keely Barnes, (third row) Laurna Todd, Cassidy Sheppard, Morghen Turley, Lindsey Whitlock, Melissa LaClair, Brooke Ellegood, Lakyn Rye, (back row) coaches Lou Ridolfi, Selise Ridolfi, Matt Powell, Mike Adkins, and Kenny Barnes.