Softball regional updatePublished 8:14pm Friday, May 13, 2011
Lady Generals perfect through two games
TROY — The Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals entered the South Central Regional Tournament as one of the hottest teams in 2A and head coach Kim Vickers made it a point to stress to her girls that they finish what they’ve started.
The Lady Generals listened and moved one game away from the championship game of the region in Troy, as they beat Highland Home 12-4 in the first game and Leroy 8-5 in the second game.
“I’ve challenged the girls to go out and keep up the enthusiasm and finish the tournament strong,” Vickers said.
“They’ve responded well so far.”
In game one, HBHS pitcher Nikki Thompson, who went the distance in both games for the Lady Generals, struck out eight HHHS hitters while allowing just five hits.
Offensively, Ranley Clayton finished the game 4-for-4 with three RBI including a towering home run in the third inning.
Marlee Milner, Carlie Vickers and Morgan McDaniel all went 2-for-4 for HBHS. McDaniel had three RBI, while Milner scored three runs.
HBHS got off to a quick start in game two against Leroy, scoring five runs in the bottom of the second inning, including a home run from shortstop Carlie Vickers.
Clayton, McDaniel, Kaylee Jones and Kayla Woodruff all contributed at the plate for the Lady Generals by going 2-for-3.
Thompson kept up her strong effort in the circle in the second game, fanning out four Lady Bear hitters while allowing only one hit through three innings of work.
“The girls are just really mentally tough right now and they believe that they can beat anyone that they can go up against,” Vickers said.
“We want to keep up through the area tournament and hopefully the state, we like where we are as a team right now.”
With the victories, HBHS moves on to face Goshen in the third round of the regional tournament Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.
Dadeville game delayed
The Dadeville Lady Tigers were scheduled to face Oak Grove in the first game of the 4A bracket, but rain delayed the start of the game for more than an hour.
Dadeville was playing late Friday in more rain on a soggy field at press time. Check www.ahsaa.com for updates on Dadeville and the rest of the teams, and get a copy of Tuesday’s Outlook for a complete round-up of the action.
Lady Bears win first ever regional game
The Edward Bell Lady Bears won their first regional game in school history Friday afternoon, defeating Fayetteville 8-6.
Japrena Heard, who finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI, paced the Lady Bears at the plate. Desharte Edwards also had a solid game from the plate going 1-for-2.
Kierra Billingsley went the complete game for EBHS from the mound.
The Lady Bears were unable to keep their hot streak going in game two, falling to Verbena 17-0.
“We’re playing well at the right time,” EBHS head coach Bernie Robidart said.
“Game two didn’t turn out like we had hoped, but we’ll look to get some rest and hopefully come back tomorrow ready to play.”
EBHS will play Shades Christian today at 8 a.m. in an elimination game.
Reeltown eliminated after 0-2 start
The Reeltown Lady Rebels were eliminated from the Regional playoffs Friday afternoon, losing game one to Goshen 12-2 and game two to Thorsby 14-4.
Reeltown was led offensively in game one by Payton Young, Jaquita O’Neal and Savannah Spivey, who all finished the day 1-for-2.
Young had the only extra base hit for the Lady Rebels with a double in the fourth inning.
In game two, Maya O’Neal and Carra Spivey both scored two runs apiece, while Taylor Willis finished the day 3-for-3 with a double from the plate.
The losses end postseason play for the RHS, who finish the season with a record of 10-11.