Tigers win area, Tuscaloosa bound
By Michael Butler
The Tallassee High School softball team swept the field as the top seed in the Class 5A/Area 5 Tournament at Southside last week.
Tallassee (31-11-4) locked in the No. 1 seed with a 6-0 area record during the regular season. The Tigers opened Thursday's action with an 8-6 win over No. 4 seed Beauregard and then blew out (No. 2) Brewbaker Tech 16-5 to advance to Friday's championship. A rematch against the Rams ended with a 7-6 Tigers' win.
"The girls played great," head coach Pat Love said. "We got down in two of the three games. They played with a lot of energy. We got great pitching and timely hitting all tournament. It was a great atmosphere. The team is focused on the next goal of finishing No. 1 or 2 at regionals."
Tallassee travels to the West Central Regional in Tuscaloosa this week. The top two teams in each of the four eight-team regionals advance to the state championships which move to Oxford this year.
Belle Haynes celebrates her homerun ball vs. Brew Tech on Thursday
Photos by Kyle Thornton
In the area opener vs. Beauregard, Brooke Royster's double broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tallassee had 11 hits led by Belle Haynes and Abbie Davis, who both went 3-for-4. Royster had two hits. Avary Lumpkin had a homerun. Chloe Davidson picked up the win.
The Tigers had 12 hits in the 16-5 win against Brew Tech on Thursday. Haynes, Lexi Love, Jenna Manning and Ella Thrash had two hits each. Love and Haynes hit homers. Alexis Walls got the win.
In the rematch for the title on Friday, Tallassee collected 14 hits and put up a five-run third inning to erase a 4-0 deficit. Baynes, Davidson and Love had three hits a piece. Walls was the winning pitcher.
Tallassee opens play in the regional vs. Area 6 runner-up Marbury on Wednesday at noon.
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