State softball: Big pitching performance lifts Cherokee County in 4A
by Brandon Miller
May 16, 2013 | 2415 views |  0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTGOMERY — Cherokee County didn’t do much offensively until the later innings Thursday morning in the Class 4A state tournament, but with the way Tori Davis pitched, the Warriors didn't need many runs to beat Oak Grove.

Davis threw a three-hitter and struck out 15 batters as Cherokee County won 4-0 to advance to the second round.

The second-ranked Warriors (40-7) will play third-ranked Haleyville (42-12) later Thursday.

Cherokee County’s first two runs came from a aggressive base running after Darbie Rosser scored in the first when pinch runner Summer Smith attempted to steal second, Oak Grove catcher Jaina Walden called Smith’s bluff and threw down. While Smith slid under the tag, Rosser sprinted home, scoring easily.

Rosser was at it again the fifth inning, hitting a two-run home run after Jessen Burk singled, stole second and scored on an infield single by Molly Brewer.

Rosser led the team offensively with two hits, two runs and two RBI. Madison Millsaps, Kayle Moon, Davis and Burk each had a hit as well.

Cherokee County’s next opponent, Haleyville, defeated the Warriors in the state championship last season.

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star

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