Madison Central’s Sasha Turansky knew there was only one way to get more than a single Wednesday in the 44th District Tournament finals.

The senior catcher pulled a hamstring the night before in a 6-0 win over Model that hindered her running abilities. But in order to avoid running she would have to do something she had never done — hit a home run.

“We kind of joked about it all day because I can’t even run a lap around the field,” Turansky said about hitting a home run. “It’s just amazing to me that I hit two home runs on my last game on this field that I’ve played so many games at for four years.”

The first was a two-run shot that propelled the Lady Indians (20-8-1) into the lead for good as they went on to reclaim the district title, 9-3, over Madison Southern (17-12) in Richmond.

Both teams advance into the 11th Region Tournament that starts next week at Bryan Station. In the last seven years a team from Madison County has reached the regional finals.

Southern was the most recent and lost in extra innings to Paul Laurence Dunbar, 4-3, in the finals last year.

The reigning district champions showed why they won last year, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit.

The Lady Eagles gave up the runs in the top of the first, but Nikki Jeck hit the first pitch of the game for a single that started a three-run outburst.

Tiffany Willis followed with a first pitch double that scored the speedy sophomore and allowed Willis to take third on a throw to home.

“Actually, that first inning was our best inning,” Southern coach Brian Foley said. “We put a lot of pressure on them with good base running. And by swinging at the first pitch we were keeping (Kate) Bowles from pitching her game.”

Paige McGuire brought in Willis to tie the game off an error by Krista Hardy.

The second baseman stole third and safely scored on an error by Bowles off a bunt by Sarah Botkins.

Central calmed down after having three errors and made three straight plays to end the rally.

However, with the momentum behind her, Jeck returned to the circle and struck out two and after Ashley Moncrief singled got Lyndsay Jones to fly out.

But Foley feels the tide turned in the bottom of the second when his team failed to score any with the bases loaded and just one out.

Janie Grant started the inning reaching on a dropped fly ball. Alyssa Fansler hit into a fielder’s choice that got Grant out at second.

Jeck followed with a bunt single and when Willis was hit by a pitch things were looking good for the Lady Eagles.

Bowles struck out McGuire and got Botkins to hit one back to her for the easy force at first.

Hardy got the Lady Indians going again with a single to left, but was out on a fielder’s choice by Bowles.

That’s when Turansky stepped into the batter’s box.

The catcher cleared the fence for the first time ever, hitting the ball to deep right center.

“I knew someone needed to light a spark, but I just didn’t know who it was going to be and she did a great job,” Central coach Jonelle Csora said about her catcher. “I think that hamstring is keeping her from over swinging and keeping her within herself. ... She has enough strength in her body to just put one over.”

The game remained tight as Bowles and Jeck entered a pitching duel.

After the home run the Southern hurler retired nine straight batters, while Central’s allowed just one bunt single, retiring seven straight Lady Eagles.

But, the Lady Indians broke the game open in the top of the sixth.

Megan Lowery started with a single down the right field line and after Janna Anderson fouled out, Grace Garland pushed a bunt passed Jeck.

McGuire was already moving to cover second leaving a hole that let Garland’s hit score Lowery and put her on second.

Once Central had removed the simple force out, it allowed its speed to take over the inning.

“They have a lot of quick girls,” Foley said. “We tried to draw our infield in and make the play at the plate, but the girls were already there. Even if we had had good throws they were there. Their base running is excellent.”

Garland scored on a bunt by Brittni Fraser, who moved to third on a single by Moncrief. Fraser scored on a fielder’s choice to home plate off the bat of Jones, and Moncrief was the final run of the inning off a fielder’s choice by Hardy.

The four-run, three-hit inning was more than enough cushion for Bowles.

“Once we get ahead it always helps me to breathe easier,” the senior pitcher said.

Southern started with Candace Himes reaching on an error by Moncrief, but then Bowles took over and retired six straight for the win.

Turansky added one more run with her second deep ball to start the top of the seventh. She took a 2-1 count to center field. Jeck then buckled down and retired her last three hitters with two fly outs and a ground out.

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