GALLATIN - When Gallatin and Station Camp compete, there is usually a lot on the line. The cross-town rivals have played big games in a number of sports over the years. But things were different when the schools' softball teams met last Friday night, April 7, at Station Camp High School. The teams decided to schedule an extra game and donate all of the proceeds to help fight breast cancer.
For those keeping score it was the Lady Wave who came out on top, 4-0.
"The biggest thing and best thing to come out of this game was both teams playing for one cause and that cause is breast cancer awareness," said Gallatin head coach Randall Silcox following the win. "This was an extra game we both added on our schedule. This game will not go towards the district win/loss column but it was a good time to come out and get the win."
All of Gallatin's runs came in the fifth inning with just one out.
Tied at zero with the bases loaded, Sha'mari Johnson connected on pitch back to the pitcher, but a throwing error allowed Kalee Bowden to touch home plate for the 1-0 Gallatin lead.
Savannah Link then had the big hit. She drilled her second pitch to deep center field clearing the bases with a three-run triple.
Over the next three innings, the Bison connected on just one pitch from Sidney Link, who was in the circle for the Wave. Link pitched seven complete innings, striking out 13 batters and she gave up just three hits.
While the game didn't count in the district standings, there was no doubt that Silcox thought the win represented a big step forward for his program.
"It's huge," said Silcox. "Since I've been here we haven't beat them or event been close, so losing the last one like we did in extras and then turning around to win this one it's huge - it's huge for these girls. It's big for our girls to get over that hump and beat one of our county rivals."
Gallatin will hit the road for a three-game road trip before hosting Lebanon on April 17.
The Lady Bison will host four consecutive games before playing in the Raptor Classic April 14-15. During the home stand, Station Camp will host, Beech, Portland, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. All games will be played at 5:30 p.m.