Professional athlete Bear Woods talks with THS players prior to the regional
Softball season ends with pair of one-run losses
By Michael Butler
With one swing of the bat, Tallassee's dream season came to an end in Troy. Kaylyn Dismukes' solo homerun on the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth inning ended the Tigers' run in walk-off style, 2-1.
Dismukes might be considered Tallassee's nemesis, but she was matched by her counterpart wearing purple and gold, senior Haylee Osborne.
Osborne pitched shutout ball into the sixth, but three Tallassee errors gave Holtville the tying run. The game went to extra innings with the Tigers were unable to scratch in the top of the eighth after Chloe Baynes led off with a hit and was left stranded at third.
Then came Dismukes' no-doubter that cleared the left field fence. The Auburn commitment was swarmed over at home plate by her teammates.
It was the Bullodgs fourth victory in five tries against Tallassee. A pair of those meetings went to extras, the one in Holtville that went 12 innings was won by the Tigers.
Tallassee lost the opener of the South Central Regional on Friday at the hands of defending champ Northside 4-3. The Tigers came back to win against Handley 10-0 in six innings to advance to Saturday.
In the Tigers' two defeats, Tallassee committed eight errors. They had just one error in the win.
"If we give up one or less errors a game, we don't get beat. If we give up multiple errors, we always get beat. We're always playing against ourselves," Tallassee head coach Pat Love stated prior to the regional. His words could not have been more prophetic.
In his second season, Love's Tigers surpassed the 24 wins that set the single-season record last year with 32 in 2018.
"We had a great season. It didn't end up the way we wanted," Love said. "The girls worked hard all season and they achieved several of our goals. We had great senior leadership and they got our program headed in the right direction."