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CACC’s Kayli Hornsby is unable to come up with the throw at second as Snead State’s Presley Whitten slides in.

The Central Alabama Community College softball team entered the 2019 ACCC tournament as the No. 3 seed in the north division and came away with three victories before being eliminated by the eventual champions Sunday. The Trojans got big performances from Madison Huston at the plate and Amber Parker in the circle to push into the semifinals of the tournament.

The Trojans (37-22) started the weekend with a 3-1 win over Coastal Alabama East behind Sierra Easterwood in the circle. She struck out nine and allowed just four hits and one unearned run for her 10th complete game of the season.

In the second round, CACC took down Coastal-South as Huston’s 3-for-3 day at the plate led the Trojans 9-3 win. Huston reached base in all four plate appearances, including an RBI double in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Chelsea Parker and Kayli Horsnby (Reeltown) each added three hits of their own in the victory. Hornsby led the team with four RBIs while Easterwood scored a game-high three runs.

The Trojans continued their strong run in the winner’s bracket with a 6-4 win over the division-winning Wallace State Lions. CACC scored six runs with two outs in the fourth inning, including a two-run single by Hornsby and a two-run triple by Keana Pearson.

The tournament run met its match in the semifinals against Shelton State who defeated the Trojans 7-0 in the winner’s semifinal. Central Alabama fell behind early and was limited to just two hits at the plate in the loss.

The Trojans had an another chance to make the championship round Sunday but Wallace-Dothan scored two runs in the seventh to force extra innings before scoring two more in the eighth to win 6-4. Parker allowed three earned runs in seven innings but was pulled before extra innings and Rayanna Powell got the loss in the circle.

Huston led the Trojans with five hits and six walks in 18 plate appearances during the tournament. Hornsby led the team with eight RBIs.



CACC sweeps Snead State 

in conference matchup

Seven runs in the final three innings at the plate helped Central Alabama finished off a two-game sweep of Snead State on the baseball diamond on Sunday. The Trojans had nine different players score at least one run as they won 12-7 in Game 2 after a walk-off gave the team a 3-2 win in Game 1.

In the opener, CACC trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning of a seven-inning game. Luis Deleon grabbed his second hit of the game on a 2-run double to tie the game, eventually forcing extra innings.

Deleon singled in the bottom of the eighth to start a Trojan rally. He came around to score on a pinch-hit RBI single from Cal Burton (Reeltown) to win the game.

Burton led the way for the CACC offense in the second game again, leading the Trojans with three hits. He was one of three players to score twice, including Dehreon Presley who reached base in all four plate appearances and added an RBI to his stat line.

The Trojans are now 24-30 on the season and 15-17 in conference play. They sit three games back of Snead which is in third place in the ACCC North Division. 

Caleb Turrentine is a sports writers at Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.