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By Marlana Smith
It’s been six years since North Shelby has made an appearance in a District Championship competition.
The last time the Lady Raiders won a District Title was in 2010.
NS (16-8) battled until the end against Canton on Saturday, October 16 in the Class 1 District 9 championship game. The Lady Tigers came out victorious 5-2.
“Our goal was to make it to this game. Obviously, we wanted to win, but we wanted to make it here and be competitive and I feel like we were competitive throughout the season,” said North Shelby head coach Donny Williams.
With injuries for Caroline Linberger and Natalie Thrasher early in the game, Coach Williams was forced to go to his bench.
The Lady Tigers scored first in the first inning when a hit to left field brought in one. During this play, Linberger came out at shortstop with a knee injury.
A double by Allie Ruffcorn allowed Canton to take a 2-0 lead.
North Shelby’s Meg Shively earned a double after a hit to center.
Senior Jaylea Barrick hit a pop fly which was dropped bringing Shively across home plate.
Thrasher, who was on the mound, was taken out in the second inning after a previous line drive to the knee in the first inning.
With one out in the second, Whitney Snow took charge on the mound.
After a slap by Macie Fisher, the bases were loaded.
Snow’s two back-to-back strike outs got NS out of what could have been a tough situation.
Some errors in the bottom of the fifth inning allowed Canton to bring two runs across the plate.
The bases were loaded and Snow walked Macy Glasgow which brought a run in. During a wild pitch, another Lady Tiger came home.
After a strike out, the inning ended. The Lady Tigers led 4-1.
Canton scored its last run in the bottom of the sixth.
To end the game, North Shelby’s Riley Stoneburner’s double brought in Barrick.
Three of the Lady Raiders loses this season were against Canton.
This is Williams first season as the Lady Raiders head coach.