The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears played a pair of 1-0 games in the Class 5A State Softball Tournament, but came out on the wrong end of one of those.
Sylvan Hills beat Watson Chapel in the opening game of the tournament, and then fell to the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles in the second round.
Senior ace pitcher Michelle Sorensen was the star for the Lady Bears in both games. Sorensen went the distance in each contest, and scored the winning run against Watson Chapel.
Against Chapel, Sorensen pitched seven innings, striking out nine while giving up four hits and no walks.
Sylvan Hills got on the board in the fourth inning when Sorensen led off the inning with a slow roller that she beat out for an infield single. The throw to first during the play was offline, sailing into right field and allowing Sorensen to make it all the way to third base.
Ashley Broadway came up later in the inning and singled in Sorensen for the only run of the game.
Sorensen turned out to be even better the next day against the Lady Eagles of Greene County Tech, but timely hitting proved to be the difference.
The Lady Bears outhit the Lady Eagles 3-2, with Sorensen striking out 12 in the game.
The Lady Eagles scored the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh after a walk, a passed ball and a single on a full count.
Greene County Tech’s pitcher didn’t have the same kind of speed that Sorensen did that day, but spotting and mixing up the pitches allowed her to fan 15 batters, including during key at-bats with runners on third.
Tori Crites had a pair of hits for Sylvan Hills, while Sorensen had a single.