CCHS bounces back from loss, blanks Cen­tral-Florence 7-0

Class 4A State Soft­ball Tour­na­ment Thurs­day Roundup

Cherokee County Herald - - SPORTS - By Shan­non Fa­gan Sports Edi­tor

MONT­GOMERY – A lot of teams at the state soft­ball tour­na­ment would let a one-run loss like the one Class 4A, No. 4 Chero­kee County suf­fered to third-ranked Alabama Chris­tian on Thurs­day bother them.

That cer­tainly wasn’t the case with the Lady War­riors.

Af­ter be­ing sent to the losers bracket to face Cen­tral-Florence, Chero­kee County put its pre­vi­ous loss be­hind it by scor­ing three runs in the first in­ning and cruis­ing to a 7-0 vic­tory.

Chero­kee County se­nior short­stop Kait­lyn Grif­fith got things go­ing in the top of the first for the Lady War­riors (42-11). She led off with an in­field sin­gle and scored on a passed ball to put Chero­kee County on top 1-0.

Af­ter catcher Madi­son Mill­saps dou­bled to right, her sis­ter Lau­ren Mill­saps brought her home with a sin­gle to left mak­ing it 2-0 Lady War­riors. Cayla Mach­leit later added a sac­ri­fice fly to score Chero­kee County’s third run of the in­ning.

That proved to be more than enough run sup­port for Lau­ren Mill­saps. She never sur­ren­dered a run, even when she got in a bases­loaded jam in the fifth. The se­nior pitcher im­proved to 31-4 af­ter giv­ing up just four hits and no walks with two strike­outs.

Chero­kee County tacked on three more runs in the sixth for good mea­sure. Third base­man Can­dace Blan­chard had a RBIs­in­gle. Mach­leit and Tori Davis both brought home a run apiece on sac­ri­fice flies.

The Lady War­riors scored once more in the sev­enth. Grif­fith walked, stole sec­ond and third and came home on a sac­ri­fice bunt by Madi­son Mill­saps for the fi­nal.

Lau­ren Mill­saps led the Lady War­riors at the plate by go­ing 2for-4 with two runs, a RBI and a stolen base. Madi­son Mill­saps added a dou­ble and a RBI. Grif­fith went 1-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases. Blan­chard was also 1-for-3 with a run and a RBI.

Molly Brewer and Davis were both 1-for-2, with Brewer scor­ing a run and Davis driv­ing in an­other. Au­dra Bradley and Dar­bie Rosser were both 1-for-3.

Reanna Chafin, Jor­dan Humphrey, Andi Kim­brough and Anna Rae Mont­gomery were all 1for-3 for the Lady Wild­cats.

Alabama Chris­tian 9, Chero­kee County 8

MONT­GOMERY – De­spite ral­ly­ing on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, the Class 4A, No. 4 Chero­kee County Lady War­riors fell 9-8 to third-ranked Alabama Chris­tian Thurs­day in the win­ners bracket of the state soft­ball tour­na­ment.

Chero­kee County (41-11) came back from six runs down to tie the game at 8 at the end of six in­nings. Alabama Chris­tian (44-10) pushed what proved to be the win­ning run across in the top of the sev­enth. Kacy Sum­mer­lin walked to lead off the in­ning and scored on a mis­played ball by Lady War­rior sec­ond base­man Dar­bie Rosser.

Chero­kee County had one last chance in the bot­tom of the sev­enth. Tori Davis sin­gled to right to lead off the in­ning, but Lady Ea­gle re­lief pitcher Kelli Har­ris set­tled in to re­tire the side and earn the win, pro­pel­ling Alabama Chris­tian to Fri­day’s win­ners bracket game.

Chero­kee County dropped to the losers bracket, where they took on the win­ner of Cen­tral Florence on Thurs­day.

Se­nior catcher McKen­zie Kilpatrick led the charge for the Lady Ea­gles. She was 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs and a pair of walks. She drove in four runs.

Alabama Chris­tian took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in­ning. Short­stop Rachel Eager­ton led off with a dou­ble and scored on a sin­gle to cen­ter by Amanda Seals.

Kilpatrick walked and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Har­ris for the two-run cush­ion.

Alabama Chris­tian added a run in the sec­ond on a RBI-sin­gle by Eager­ton to go up 3-0.

Kilpatrick home­red to left to give the Lady Ea­gles a 4-0 lead.

Kilpatrick blasted her sec­ond homer of the game in the top of the fifth, a two-run shot to cen­ter off Lady War­rior se­nior pitcher Lau­ren Mill­saps. Kilpatrick’s sec­ond shot gave Alabama Chris­tian a seem­ingly com­fort­able 6-0 lead.

But the Lady War­riors bat­tled back. They sent 10 bat­ters to the plate in the bot­tom half of the fifth and scored five runs.

Kait­lyn Grif­fith ac­counted for the first Lady War­rior run, dou­bling home Au­dra Bradley who reached ear­lier in the in­ning on a sin­gle to cen­ter. Madi­son Mill­saps fol­lowed with a two-run sin­gle to left, scor­ing Rosser, who also sin­gled in the in­ning, and Grif­fith. That made the score 6-3 Lady Ea­gles.

Lau­ren Mill­saps then dou­bled to cen­ter, bring­ing Can­dace Blan­chard to the plate.

Blan­chard brought home Madi­son Mill­saps on a grounder to short. The Lady War­riors crept a run closer on a RBI-sin­gle by Molly Brewer to make it 6-5.

Alabama Chris­tian coun­tered with two runs in the top of the sixth off Lady War­rior re­liever Davis. With one out, Davis loaded the bases, bring­ing Kilpatrick up.

Kilpatrick drew a walk to bring home a run, push­ing the Lady Ea­gle lead to 7-5.

Fol­low­ing a strike­out of Amanda Seales, Har­ris was hit by pitch to bring home an­other run, mak­ing the score 8-5.

Chero­kee County ral­lied again, this time to tie the game at 8 with three runs in the bot­tom of the sixth. Lau­ren Mill­saps had a two- run sin­gle and Blan­chard added a RBI-sin­gle to tie the game.

How­ever, Alabama Chris­tian scored what proved to be the win­ning run in the top of the sev­enth for the fi­nal.

Lau­ren Mill­saps led the Lady War­riors at the plate by go­ing 3for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Blan­chard went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Rosser was also 2-for-4 with a pair of runs. Madi­son Mill­saps went 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBI.

Davis suf­fered the loss af­ter re­liev­ing Lau­ren Mill­saps. She worked 2 2/3 in­nings, giv­ing up four earned runs on five hits with a pair of walks and a strike­out.

Lau­ren Mill­saps worked 4 1/3 in­nings, giv­ing up three earned runs on seven hits with a walk and four strike­outs.

Chero­kee County 7,

Dadev­ille 1

MONT­GOMERY – Kait­lyn Grif­fith went 2-for-3 with a dou­ble, three runs, two stolen bases and two RBI to lead the Class 4A, No. 4 Lady War­riors to a 7-1 vic­tory over Dadev­ille on Thurs­day, their open­ing game of the state soft­ball tour­na­ment.

Grif­fith got things go­ing early for the Lady War­riors against Dadev­ille (26-21). She led off the bot­tom of the first in­ning with a dou­ble to left off start­ing pitcher Rae Wil­liams.

Grif­fith scored on a sin­gle to cen­ter by Lau­ren Mill­saps, giv­ing the Lady War­riors a 1-0 lead.

Chero­kee County tacked on two more runs in the bot­tom of the third. Grif­fith led off with a walk and stole sec­ond, third and home to give CCHS a 2-0 ad­van­tage.

Molly Brewer put the Lady War­riors in front 3-0 on a RBIs­in­gle to left that scored Can­dace Blan­chard. Blan­chard reached ear­lier in the in­ning on a sin­gle.

Chero­kee County sent eight bat­ters to the plate in the fourth and scored three more runs.

The big blow of the in­ning came off the bat of Madi­son Mill­saps, who belted a two-run dou­ble to cen­ter with one out. Grif­fith had a run-scor­ing sin­gle to cen­ter prior to Madi­son Mill­saps’s dou­ble, help­ing put CCHS in front 6-0.

Dadev­ille scored its lone run in the top of the fifth on a ground­out to short by Wil­liams that pushed Reba Hawkins across. Hawkins, who went 2-for-4, reached on a sin­gle to cen­ter with one out.

Lau­ren Mill­saps picked up the win. She tossed all seven in­nings, giv­ing up one run on five hits with three walks and seven strike­outs.

Brewer was 2-for-4 with a RBI for the Lady War­riors. Madi­son and Lau­ren Mill­saps were both 1-for-4. Blan­chard and Tori Davis were both 1-for-3 with a run. Au­dra Bradley and Dar­bie Rosser were both 1-for-2 with a run apiece.

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