Gainesville girls take second at districts
The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs finished their season strong, winning second place in the district tournament after shocking Hartville in the semifinals 6-5.
Gainesville came into the tournament an underdog, but routed Mansfield, 11-1.
In the game against Hartville on Thursday, neither team scored until the Lady Bulldogs exploded for 6 runs in the fourth. Hartville answered with 2 of their own in the fourth and tacked on two more in the fifth. Gainesville's explosive fourth inning was good enough to hold on as Hartville only got one more run in the sixth.
That put Gainesville in the championship game with Willow Springs on Friday.
Gainesville struck first, scoring two runs in the second, only to see Willow Springs answer with a big four-run third. The Lady Bulldogs added a run in the third and another in the fourth to tie the game. The Lady Bears would rattle the bats again in the fifth, scoring three more. Gainesville answered with two of their own, but two more runs by Willow Springs in the sixth and two scoreless innings for the Lady Bulldogs added up to a 9-6 win for Willow.
Brittney Hamm and Sarah Cunningham led the Lady Bulldog offense. Each were 1-2 with 1 run scored. Alyssa Abraham went 1-3 with two runs scored for Gainesville.
The Lady Bulldogs finished with a 12-12 mark.