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Weems leads Lady Marlins to Future Stars World Series title

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jul 21, 2019 at 8:07 PM

Kara Weems and her Lady Marlins teammates beat the heat to win the high school division at the Future Stars of Sports World Series softball tournament Sunday at Winged Deer Park.

Weems, a recent David Crockett graduate soon to join Milligan College’s softball team, threw a complete game, giving up six hits as the Greeneville-based Marlins won 4-2 over the Carolina Mash in the championship game.

“It was hot outside so I just went in there and tried to do what I had to as fast as I could to get the win,” Weems said. “This week has been tough, especially today, knowing I would have to pitch two games. But knowing I had the team behind me, I knew I could do it.”

The tournament featured over 100 teams from 13 states. The Lady Marlins featured players from Greeneville, South Greene, and Madison County, N.C. as well as Dobyns-Bennett graduate Morgan Riffle, Kate Pendleton from Gate City, Virginia, and Weems.

The Lady Marlins pulled ahead of the Oxford, N.C.-based Mash in the third inning when Kelci Cantrell and Vanessa Gallihar hit back-to-back singles. Weems followed with a sacrifice bunt and Alaina Collins also reached base. Brooke Franken’s bunt single turned in two runs and the Marlins were on their way.

Riffle singled in the fifth inning and scored the Lady Marlins’ final run on a throwing error.

The Mash challenged in the final two innings. Hallie Hutson sent a two-run home run over left field in the top of the sixth before the Mash had two long fly outs to deep center field. They had the tying run at plate in the seventh inning, but another long fly out to left field ended the game.

Weems talked about the chemistry and close friendships the championship team quickly developed and what it meant to keep the title local.

“We didn’t know each other when we started, but we’re like best friends now,” Weems said. “To win the tournament, it feels great.”

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