LaFayette will be No. 4 seed from 6-AAAA

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

The LaFayette Lady Ram­blers will make their sec­ond straight ap­pear­ance in the Class AAAA state tour­na­ment this week, but will do so as the No. 4 seed from Re­gion 6.

LaFayette opened the re­gion tour­na­ment last Mon­day night in Dal­ton by run-rul­ing Pick­ens, 8-0, in five in­nings.

Shelby Ad­kins swung the big­gest stick for the Orange-and-Black, go­ing 3-for-4 with four RBIs, in­clud­ing a walkoff, two-run dou­ble in the bot­tom of the fifth. Ash­ton Stalling was 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored, while Madi­son Pet­ti­grew, Me­gan Wilson and Car­lee Corbin also had RBI-sin­gles.

Pet­ti­grew threw all five in­nings, al­low­ing just two hits and a walk with two strike­outs.

Later that night, the Lady Ram­blers led sec­ond-seeded and No. 1 state-ranked North­west Whit­field 1-0 with two outs in the bot­tom of the fifth. How­ever, the Lady Bru­ins got an RBI­dou­ble from KayLeigh Fitzger­ald and a fol­lowup RBI-sin­gle off the bat of Syd­ney Horne for what be­came the ty­ing and even­tual win­ning runs.

The Lady Ram­blers would have one more good chance to score in the top of the sixth, but North­west would es­cape the jam and strand run­ners at sec­ond and third.

LaFayette out­hit North­west, 4-3. The lone run for the Lady Ram­blers came in the top of the third as Nicky Yancy laced a one-out dou­ble and scored on a sin­gle by Stalling.

Pet­ti­grew pitched 4.2 in­nings for LaFayette in de­feat. She gave up two earned runs on three hits and four walks with nine strike­outs. Stalling fanned two in 1.1 score­less, hit­less in­nings of work.

On Tues­day, fac­ing a must-win against Gilmer, the Lady Ram­blers qual­i­fied for state with a 6-1 vic­tory.

Yancy was 1-for- 2 with an RBI and two runs scored for LaFayette against Gilmer, while Shelby Ad­kins was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Pet­ti­grew got the win in the cir­cle.

Corbin would smack a two-run homer - the first of her prep ca­reer - to knot LaFayette’s game with Ridge­land Tues­day night, 2-2.

But that would be all the runs the Lady Ram­blers would man­age as Ridge­land went on to a 6-2 win, rel­e­gat­ing LaFayette to the No. 4 seed for state.

Stalling took the loss for LaFayette as she pitched the first 4.2 in­nings, al­low­ing five hits and strik­ing out three. Pet­ti­grew worked the fi­nal 2.1 in­nings, giv­ing up five hits and four walks.

LaFayette (17-10) will face sixth-ranked Chapel Hill on the road, in a best-of-three se­ries start­ing on Wed­nes­day. Chapel Hill won Re­gion 5. A third game, if needed, would be played on Thurs­day.

LaFayette catcher Madi Ashley blocks up a pitch in the dirt dur­ing the Re­gion 6-AAAA tour­na­ment in Dal­ton last week. The Lady Ram­blers will open the state play­offs at No. 6-ranked Chapel Hill. (Photo by Scott Herpst) Cal­houn 6, LFO 5

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