Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs senior shortstop Allison Deckard throws to first base for a fifth-inning putout during the Lady Bulldogs’ 4-2 win over Monterey.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs senior shortstop Allison Deckard throws to first base for a fifth-inning putout during the Lady Bulldogs’ 4-2 win over Monterey.

SOUTH CARTHAGE -- The Red Boiling Springs High softball team was undeterred by the challenge ahead of it when it faced third-seeded Monterey in a District 6-A Tournament elimination game on May 7.

The Lady Bulldogs dominated play for most of the contest and held off a late Lady Wildcat rally to advance with a 4-2 victory at Crump-Paris Park.

"We were all really motivated," RBS sophomore pitcher Jasmine Pruitte said. "This game could make or break us. We could have kept on going or could have gone home."

The two teams split their regular-season contests, with the Lady Bulldogs claiming a 12-2 win on March 19 before suffering a 5-3 setback at Monterey on April 11.

"This was a nice night," RBS head coach Stacey Gregory said. "We pitched better, and we hit better. We did everything better."

Pruitte kept Monterey scoreless until the bottom of the seventh. She scattered eight hits, issued one base on balls and struck out seven hitters.

She worked out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings.

With two runners in scoring position and only one out in the fourth, Pruitte ended the inning by getting a strikeout and then making a diving catch of a 30-foot pop-up that descended along the third-base line.

With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Pruitte induced the next two hitters to hit a ground ball back to the pitcher's circle that resulted in a forceout at home plate before getting an inning-ending flyout to senior centerfielder Kameron Clark.

"It's pressure," Pruitte said. "I was hoping I would strike the next person out to relieve the pressure. I just try to tell myself to calm down. Sometimes, I look at the dirt, and sometimes, I look at the clouds to calm down."

Pruitte also reached base in all four of her plate appearances.

She drew a first-inning walk and scored when senior Allison Deckard reached on a two-out, infield single.

Pruitte tripled to lead off the third inning but was retired when she was caught in a rundown after senior Maribel Mireles laid down a bunt.

RBS freshman Nautica Goolsby was thrown out at home plate in the second inning while attempting to score from second base on senior Kara Davis' two-out single to left-centerfield.

"We made some big baserunning mistakes," Gregory said. "That hurt, but we still recovered."

Pruitte doubled to lead off the fifth inning, stole third base and scored when Mireles reached on a throwing error.

Sophomore Reyna Ruiz followed with a single, and both Ruiz and Mireles scored on Deckard's single through the left side of the infield for a 4-0 lead.

Deckard fouled off three full-count pitches before coming through with the two-run hit.

Pruitte and Deckard combined for five of the team's nine hits, with Pruitte producing three of those.

"I boosted my confidence a little bit," Pruitte said. "We were doing good in the field and needed to get more runs. I just hit."

A walk and a hit batsman opened the door for the Lady Wildcats in the bottom of the seventh.

Hunter Grubbs drove in the first run with a groundout, and Anna Hudson's two-out single drove in Madey Montgomery, pulling Monterey to within two runs.

However, Pruitte induced Faith Walker to pop up to senior catcher Chloe Kramer for the final out.

"They know that right now matters," Gregory said. "It's win or go home. I guess they're not ready to go home yet. It's make or break ... they're not ready to be broken."

• The Lady Bulldogs were eliminated one day later though, suffering a 10-4 loss to No. 4 seed Clay County last Wednesday.

It was the fourth meeting between the two teams.

RBS rolled to a 17-7 win when the two teams played in Celina on March 26, but Clay County responded with a 4-2 win at Red Boiling Springs on April 18, followed by an 11-4 for Clay County when the two teams played each other on May 9 in their 6-A Tournament opener.

Clay County scored in five different innings last Wednesday, producing three runs in the first and leading the rest of the way.

Deckard hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, her eighth of the season.

Clay County added two runs in the third inning, but Deckard -- a Motlow State Community College signee -- drew a fourth-inning walk and scored on senior Kylie Birdwell's squeeze bunt.

However, Clay County added another run in the fifth, two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Clark singled and scored in the sixth.

That was one of just three hits for RBS.

Clay County finished with 11 hits.

Red Boiling Springs ended its season with an 11-12 record, and RBS loses six seniors -- Birdwell, Clark, Davis, Deckard, Kramer and Mireles.

Clay County suffered a 6-3 loss to top-seeded Gordonsville in the loser's bracket final, and Gordonsville dropped an 8-7 contest to No. 2 seed Trousdale County in Friday's championship game.