The Springfield softball team didn’t produce much offense in the Region 5-AAA tournament, but thanks to the pitching of Brie Asmondy, the Lady Yellow Jackets continued to rewrite the program’s history books.
Springfield edged Mt. Juliet 2-1 in Monday’s semifinal and followed it with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Wilson Central in the championship game Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Yellow Jackets (34-10) will host either Summit or Dickson County Friday with a trip to the Class AAA state tournament on the line. Springfield last advanced to the sectionals in 1991, and the team has never made a state tournament.
“They’ve got a chance to make history right here,” Springfield coach Daniel Owsley said. “We’ll see if they want it bad enough. That’s what it’s all about now.”
It took a come-from-behind effort to top Wilson Central. Down 2-1 with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, Springfield junior Abbie Peach laid down a squeeze bunt to score Hannah Richardson.
Richardson collided with Wilson Central catcher Grayce Guethlein, knocking the ball to the backstop. Springfield’s Ellie Friedmann then alertly sprinted home and slid in safely for the winning run.
“Abbie is probably the best bunter in the state,” Owsley said. “I was just trying to tie the game up. We teach our kids to read what’s happening and to go when they see an opening. [Friedmann] read that on her own – that was all her.”
Asmondy was stellar on the mound and at the plate for Springfield. The freshman pitched complete games against Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central and homered in both contests.
Asmondy scattered four hits and struck out five against Mt. Juliet, which scored its lone run on a sacrifice hit from Alyssa Costley in the second. Asmondy also hit a two-run homer in the sixth to score Springfield’s only runs the 2-1 victory.
Less than 24 hours later, Asmondy gave up just five hits and two runs to Wilson Central. She crushed a solo bomb in the fourth to trim Wilson Central’s lead to 2-1 and set the stage for the thrilling final frame.
Springfield finished with only five combined hits between the two wins, but the Lady Yellow Jackets made them count.
“We were hitting the ball, we just couldn’t find any gaps,” Owsley said. “When we got somebody on, we did a good job of playing small ball. Things worked out, and we got lucky.”