Softball Tigers runners-up in PCA Tourney
By Michael Butler
Tallassee was one win away from its second tournament title in as many weekends, but a college-bound pitcher was too much of a match for the Tiger bats in the championship game.
Ainsley Lambert hurled a shutout in the Toros' 3-0 win over Tallassee in the title tilt of the PCA Tourney in Prattville. Lambert has committed to Oregon State. She was a 6A Pitcher of the Year in 2019.
Chloe Baynes and Chloe Davidson garnered the only two hits for Tallassee. Davidson took the loss pitching four innings and allowing two earned runs.
The Tigers (14-6-2) opened the tournament with a 2-2 tie against Marbury on Friday. They followed with four straight wins over the weekend; 6-4 vs. St. James, 5-2 vs. Prattville, 8-0 vs. Elmore County and 5-1 vs. Brewbaker Tech.
Davidson and Alexis Walls did all the pitching for the Tigers in the six games played. Davidson was 2-1 and Walls 2-0 over the two days.
At the plate, Baynes had eight hits in the tournament. Lexi Love had seven. Belle Haynes had five hits. Davidson and Avary Lumpkin had four hits each. Abby Davis had three hits. Walls, Ella Thrash and Brooke Royster had two hits a piece. Love hit two homeruns. Walls and Royster also had a dinger each.
During the tournament, three THS players reached career milestones. Love surpassed 200 RBIs. Baynes reached 200 stolen bases. Haynes hit the 200-hit mark.
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Photo by Kyle Thornton
Earlier in the week, Love's walk-off three-run homer with two outs gave Tallassee a 6-4 come-from-behind win in the area opener vs. Pike Road at Southside Park. Love was 3-for-4 with 5 RBIs. Lumpkin went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Tallassee returns to area action on Thursday, March 18 at Beauregard. Varsity and junior varsity games begin at 5 p.m.