FLORENCE – The Class 2A softball north regional tournament finally concluded Monday night after several rain delays and saw one DeKalb County team punch their ticket to the state tournament in Montgomery while two others had their seasons come to an end.
The Collinsville Lady Panthers went 4-1 through tournament play to become the second state qualifier out of the losers’ bracket while the Ider Lady Hornets and Fyffe Lady Red Devils came up short of advancing.
Ider won their first two games before dropping their last two in the winners’ and losers’ bracket finals. Fyffe went 1-2 in the tournament with both of their losses coming against Ider and Collinsville.
Here are recaps of every 2A north regional game involving county teams:
The Lady Hornets and Lady Devils duked it out in a first-round pitchers’ duel that saw the Lady Hornets come out on top after sophomore pitcher Halle Brown fired a 2-hit shutout.
Fyffe two base hits in the game came on a second-inning double from Summer Guinn and a leadoff single in the fourth by Madison Myers.
Brown retired 11 consecutive batters to close out the game after Myers’ single and never allowed a Fyffe runner to get past second base safely. Brown struck out five, walked none and needed just 74 pitches to get through all seven innings.
Ider’s lineup gave Brown all the run support she would need in the bottom of the first. That early rally started with a 1-out single from Kambelle Bryant. She stole second and scored two batters later when Brianna Smith ripped an RBI single to left field to put Ider ahead 1-0.
Fyffe’s defense kept the Lady Hornets from padding their lead over the next few frames until a pair of errors allowed Ider to double their lead in the fifth.
The first of those errors came on grounder from Hanna Stevens and allowed her to reach with one out. Brown followed with a single up the middle to move Stevens into scoring position.
Two batters later, Skylar Wooten hit a fly ball that was dropped in Fyffe’s outfield and allowed Stevens to plate the final run of the game.
Brown batted 2-for-3 with a pair of singles out of Ider’s leadoff spot. Smith drove in the game’s only RBI and Bryant and Erin Pruett had a hit each.
The Lady Panthers used the long ball early to take the lead for good in the first inning of their regional opener against the Section Lady Lions.
After Collinsville turned a double play to work around two Section singles in the top of the first, the Lady Panthers had both Caroline Brannon and Sis Barkley launch a pair of 2-run homers in the bottom half of the inning.
Brannon’s shot went over the left-field wall and Barkley’s flew to center field as Collinsville jumped ahead 4-0.
Section rallied for their first run in the third, but Collinsville answered right back to keep the lead at four. The bottom of that third frame saw Brittany Rivera lead off with a single before stealing both second and third base. She scored a batter later when Brannon singled to the left side to make the score 5-1.
Emma Terrell sparked the Lady Panthers’ last rally of the game in the fifth when she ripped a 2-out triple to the left-field wall after fouling off five consecutive pitches. Barkley then singled to right field to bring Terrell home and made the score 6-1.
Section loaded the bases in the sixth with one out, but only plated one run on a passed ball for the final run of the game.
Brannon and Barkley finished with nearly identical stat lines. They both homered, singled and drove in three RBIs each. Maggie McKinney, Rivera, Terrell, Lily Wills and Kallie Kilgro all had one hit each in the win.
Collinsville used three pitchers in the win. Thrower struck out three and walked one in four innings. Sarah Patton then gave up one run over 1 1/3 and Lily Wills struck out two while closing out the last 1 2/3.
WINSTON CO. 0
The Lady Hornets had a first-inning rally that seemed like it would never end in their second-round matchup with the Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets.
Ider batted through their lineup twice before Winston County ever got a chance to send a batter to the plate. The Lady Hornets scored 14 runs in the top of the first to start their blowout win over the Lady Jackets.
That 14-run rally started with a trio of singles from Halle Brown, Kambelle Bryant and Skylar Wooten. Brown scored on Wooten’s single.
Bryant then scored on a passed ball before Brianna Smith doubled home Wooten.
Savannah Seals then walked before McKenzie Owens dropped a sacrifice bunt for the first out of the game.
Erin Pruett then drove in Smith with a groundout to make the score 4-0.
With two outs in the inning, the Lady Hornets had 12 straight batters reach base. That streak started with a pair of singles from Lexi Brewer and Hanna Stevens before Brown reached on a 2-base error. Bryant walked and Wooten doubled up the middle to make the lead 8-0.
Smith then came up for a second time in the inning and launched a 3-run blast to center field to stretch the lead to 11.
Seals followed with a single and Owens and Pruett drew a pair of walks to load the bases. Brewer then singled in two more runs before Stevens singled to load the bases once more. Brown then drew a walk to bring home the final run of the rally as Ider went up by two touchdowns.
Winston County went down in four batters in their half of the first before Ider continued to pour on more runs. Smith, Seals and Owens started Ider’s second-inning rally with three straight 1-out doubles. The Lady Hornets would go on to add six runs in the inning to make the score 20-0.
Smith then led off the third with a solo shot over the center-field wall to make the final score 21-0. The game was called via mercy rule at the end of the third.
Smith was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two homers, two doubles, four runs scored and five RBIs. She also struck out two, walked one and gave up one hit while earning a shutout from the pitcher’s circle.
Brown and Wooten had two hits and two RBIs each, Brewer drove in three RBIs, Stevens batted 3-for-3 with one RBI and Seals was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
The Lady Panthers hanged in against 2A powerhouse Hatton through three innings before a 3-run rally in the fourth allowed Hatton to pull away.
Hatton plated one run in the first on a passed ball, but Collinsville answered with a 2-out RBI single in the bottom half from Emma Terrell that scored Maggie McKinney. Sis Barkley followed with line drive towards right field that could have scored Brittany Rivera from third had it dropped, but Hatton’s second baseman snagged the liner to end the inning with the score tied at 1-all.
After a scoreless second inning, Hatton followed a Collinsville error with two base hits in the third and went up 3-1.
A single from Rivera and walks to Courtney Baine and Terrell loaded the bases for Collinsville in their half of the third, but they would only plate one run as Rivera scored while Barkley grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Hatton answered with three runs in the top of the fourth and never looked back. They added one in the sixth and two more in the seventh to make the score 9-2.
Collinsville’s final run came in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single from Baine that scored McKinney.
Ider kept it close with Hatton through four frames in the winners’ bracket finals before a 7-run rally allowed Hatton to pull away for good.
Hatton struck first with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the second. Ider then tried to answered back in the top of the third with a quick rally that started with a 1-out single from Halle Brown before Kambelle Bryant reached on an error in Hatton’s outfield that put runners at second and third.
Skylar Wooten then grounded out to second and drove in Brown for Ider’s lone run of the game.
Ider only had one base hit after that third inning. Hatton led 9-1 headed to the sixth before three singles and two hit batters allowed them to go up by 10 and end the game via mercy rule.
RED BAY 3
Fyffe bounced back from an early deficit to record a win in the losers’ bracket over the Red Bay Lady Tigers.
Red Bay had three hits and drew two walks during a 3-run rally in the top of the first.
Fyffe then cut into the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Anabelle Taylor launched a 2-run homer over the left-field wall.
Neither team scored again until the fourth then Fyffe took the lead for good.
That inning started with Summer Guinn reaching on a dropped third strike before Alyssa Morris doubled. Fyffe went on to plate three runs in the inning to jump ahead 5-3.
The Lady Devils then stranded four Red Bay base runners over the last three frames to seal the win.
Morris struck out four and walked two while giving up three earned runs in seven innings pitched. She was also 1-for-3 at the plate with a double.
Taylor led Fyffe with two RBIs and Alivia Hatch and Whitley Fields had one hit each.
The Lady Panthers put an end to their area rival’s season with a 3-1 win in the second round of the losers’ bracket.
Maggie McKinney led off the game by getting hit with a pitch and scored three batters later when Courtney Baine hit a 2-out RBI single to the left side.
Fyffe escaped a bases loaded jam in the second, but Collinsville eventually powered through for another run in the fourth.
Three singles from Kallie Kilgro, Emma Terrell and Caroline Brannon loaded the bases with one out before a fourth single from Baine drove in Kilgro.
Fyffe then turned a double play to escape further damage.
Fyffe cut the lead back to one in the bottom half of the fourth when Anabelle Taylor drove in Madison Myers with an RBI single up the middle.
Collinsville then added their final run in the sixth after capitalizing on an error.
McKinney and Brannon both reached on singles and moved into scoring position before Baine reached on a Fyffe error in their infield. McKinney scored on the play to make the final score 3-1.
Collinsville’s Sarah Patton and Lily Wills combined to strike out six and gave up six hits over seven innings pitched.
Fyffe’s Alyssa Morris struck out three and walked one while giving up two earned runs in seven innings.
Baine was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Lady Panthers and Myers led Fyffe’s lineup with a 3-for-3 day at the plate.
The Lady Panthers made quick work of Tharptown and ended their losers’ bracket semifinals matchup after five innings.
The Lady Panthers’ lineup jumped out in front in the bottom of the first after Sis Barkley ripped a 2-RBI single up the middle that drove in both Caroline Brannon and Courtney Baine.
The Panthers added another run in the second on a Maggie McKinney double that scored Kallie Kilgro to make the lead 3-0.
The Lady Panthers added another run in the third when Lily Wills grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded and drove in Brannon.
After a scoreless fourth inning, The Lady Panthers used the long ball to stretch their lead out to double figures and end the game via mercy rule.
The first of those long balls was a 3-run shot over the center-field wall from Lily Wills when Baine and Barkley were on base.
Emily Thrower then singled before Kilgro launched a 2-run blast to center field to make the score 9-0.
McKinney then singled before Emma Terrell capped off the win with another 2-run homer to center field.
Wills led the Lady Panthers with four RBIs and Kilgro, Terrell and Barkley all had two each. Baine was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and scored twice.
Thrower pitched all five innings for Collinsville she surrendered just four hits and walked one in 77 pitches.
In the losers’ bracket finals, the Ider Lady Hornets had their 2019 season come to a heartbreaking conclusion as the Collinsville Lady Panthers defeated them in walk-off fashion after a passed ball allowed the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the seventh.
With the game tied at 3-all headed to the bottom of the seventh, Collinsville loaded the bases with two outs behind a Maggie McKinney single and walks to Caroline Brannon and Courtney Baine.
That brought Sis Barkley to the plate and the the third pitch to her went to the backstop and allowed McKinney to score the winning run from third.
The start of Monday’s win-or-go-home matchup saw the Lady Hornets strike first in the top of the first.
That early rally started with singles from Halle Brown and Skylar Wooten. Savannah Seals later drove in both runners with a 2-RBI single up the middle to put the Lady Hornets up 2-0.
That lead didn’t last for long though as the Lady Panthers answered right back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first.
McKinney lead off with a double and Emma Terrell followed with a single to put two on with no outs.
Terrell later stole second before Baine drove in both runners with a 2-RBI single to tie the game.
After a scoreless second frame, both teams added a run in the third to tie the game once again.
Ider’s run came after a pair of Collinsville errors allowed Kambelle Bryant to reach base and come around to score. That run for Ider came with no outs, but Collinsville turned a Savannah Seals liner into a double play to avoid further damage.
McKinney then led off the bottom of the third with a double to center field. She scored three batters later when Baine reached on an error in Ider’s infield to tie the game at 3-all.
The Lady Hornets nearly broke through for a go-ahead run in the top of the fifth after Bryant singled and Wooten reached on an error to put runners at the corners with one out, but Collinsville pitcher Lily Wills struck out Ider’s next two batters after a pair of long at-bats to escaped the jam unscathed.
Neither team would move a runner past second base again until the Lady Panthers’ game-winning rally in the seventh.
Lily Wills struck out seven, walked one and gave up two earned runs on five hits through seven innings pitched for Collinsville.
Sophia Wills was 3-for-3 at the plate with a trio of singles and McKinney went 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot for the Lady Panthers with two doubles and three runs scored. Terrell batted 2-for-4 with a run scored and Baine finished with two RBIs.
Halle Brown struck out one, walked two and gave up two earned runs in her 6 2/3 innings of work for Ider. She was 1-for-4 out of the leadoff spot with a run scored.
Wooten batted 2-for-4 with a run scored, Seals drove in two RBIs and Bryant went 1-for-4 with a run scored.