The Carmi-White County Lady Bullpup softball team punched their ticket to the State tournament by winning the Carmi regional over the past week.
CWC 20, Mt. Vernon 0 (Thur., Sept. 26)
The Lady Bullpups needed only three innings in their regional opener to take care of the visiting Jr. Lady Rams to advance to the regional championship game.
The CWC offense was explosive, pounding out 19 hits in the contest, paced by a 4-for-4 performance by Mia Evans at the plate which included a team-high four runs batted in.
Audrey Upton was brilliant in the circle, throwing a no-hitter. Upton struck out eight and walked two while throwing just 50 pitches.
CWC 8, Hamilton Co. 6 (Sat., Sept. 28)
CWC had to come from behind and overcome seven miscues in the regional final to make their reservation at the State tournament to be held in Centralia.
Trailing from the first pitch, the Lady Bullpups finally tied the score 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI-single by Evans.
The maroon and white earned their first lead of the contest in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs courtesy of an error and an Alayna Johnson RBI-single to make the score 5-3.
After Hamilton County cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the sixth frame, the Lady Bullpups made a statement in the bottom of the inning. After Mara Serafini tripled to center to score Evans with one out, Upton launched a pitch over the center field fence for a two-run home run to give CWC an 8-4 advantage.
The Jr. Lady Foxes mounted a rally in the top of the seventh, scoring two quick runs with no one out, but Upton notched three consecutive strikeouts to seal the victory.
Johnson paced CWC at the plate with three hits.
Upton went the distance to pick up the win. The eighth grader struck out 16, while surrendering eight hits and one base on balls.