LaFayette will be No. 4 seed from 6-AAAA
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