State Soft­ball Roundup: Ridge­land, LaFayette fall to state-ranked op­po­nents

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

A sea­son that ex­ceeded some pre­sea­son ex­pec­ta­tions came to a close for the Ridge­land Lady Pan­thers in Car­roll­ton last week.

Ridge­land, de­spite the grad­u­a­tion of their top two pitch­ers from a year ago, sur­prised some by re­peat­ing as Re­gion 6-AAAA reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­ons. A po­tent Lady Pan­thers’ of­fense pro­vided a ton of run sup­port all sea­son long for sopho­more pitcher Hai­ley Car­roll, who im­proved to the point that she was named to the All-Re­gion first team.

How­ever, the No. 4-ranked Lady Pan­thers only placed third in the al­ways-tough re­gion tour­na­ment be­hind red-hot Her­itage and run­ner-up North­west Whitfield, who still cur­rently holds the No. 1 spot in the state rank­ings de­spite not win­ning the re­gion crown.

That No. 3 seed meant a first-round state tour­na­ment se­ries at No. 10 Cen­tral-Car­roll, who placed se­cond out of an equally-tough Re­gion 5.

Ridge­land dom­i­nated Game 1 on Wed­nes­day, blast­ing the Lady Lions, 13-0, be­fore Cen­tral re­sponded with an equally-sur­pris­ing 20-5 rout in the night­cap. Cen­tral then opened up a 9-0 lead in Game 3 on Thurs­day be­fore hold­ing on for a 9-5 vic­tory.

Ridge­land 13, Cen­tral 0

A pair of five-run in­nings, one in the se­cond and one in the fifth, were more than enough as Car­roll lim­ited the hosts to just three hits and one walk for the game.

Katie Davis had a two-run home­red and ig­nited the of­fense as she added a dou­ble and drove in five runs. Ha­ley San­dridge had a dou­ble and a homer, scored three runs and drove in four. Whit­ney Boehm col­lected two RBI. Ciera Fos­ter and Erin Hughes each had one RBI, while Laine Hicks and Katie Car­ruth had two hits apiece.

Cen­tral 20, Ridge­land 5

The Lady Lions, play­ing as the vis­i­tors in Game 2, held a com­fort­able 7-1 lead af­ter three in­nings, but made ab­so­lutely sure of the vic­tory by scor­ing six in the fourth in­ning and seven more in the fifth as the game ended on the run rule.

Car­roll lasted just three in­nings as Kelsey Adams and Cameron Massey ap­peared in spot duty.

Ciera Fos­ter and Kiera Fos­ter were of­fen­sive bright spots. Ciera was 3-for-3 with two dou­bles, a run and an RBI, while Kiera was 1-for-2, drove in two and scored once. Boehm and Hicks each recorded one RBI.

Cen­tral 9, Ridge­land 5

The Lady Lions, play­ing as the vis­it­ing team again af­ter los­ing the coin toss, scored three times in the first in­ning and added two in each of the next three in­nings to race out to a 9-0 lead.

Ridge­land would bat­tle back. Get­ting home­runs from Davis and Kiera Fos­ter, the Lady Pan­thers plated three runs in the bot­tom of the fifth and two in the sev­enth, but got no closer.

Fos­ter and Davis each had two hits. Fos­ter drove in three runs, while Davis was cred­ited with two RBIs. San­dridge and Ciera Fos­ter also had two hits, while Boehm and Grayson James had one hit each. Car­roll took the loss in the cir­cle.

The Lady Pan­thers, who will grad­u­ate four se­niors from this year’s team, fin­ished with a 21-7 over­all record.

LaFayette swept at Chapel Hill

With a hand­ful of NCAA Di­vi­sion I com­mit­ments on their ros­ter and at least one SEC coach in at­ten­dance watch­ing the game, the eighth-ranked Chapel Hill Lady Pan­thers ended a solid sea­son for LaFayette, 9-1 and 9-6.

Shelby Ad­kins and Ash­ton Stalling both hit their first homers of the sea­son for the se­nior­less Lady Ram­blers, who opened their first sea­son un­der new head coach Meagan Base with 12 straight wins and a No. 2 state ranking be­fore fin­ish­ing with an over­all record of 17-12.

No fur­ther de­tails were pro­vided as of press time.

Top-ranked North­west Whitfield also ad­vanced to the next round with a 10-1, 6-2 sweep of Troup.

The Lady Bru­ins will play at Re­gion 8 cham­pion and sev­en­ranked Jef­fer­son this week.

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