RCHS went 3-3 in a busy final week of the regular season as they prepare for what should be a closely contested area tournament at Horseshoe Bend starting Friday.
The Lady Tigers are now 24-17 for the year after wins over Ashville, Pinson Valley and Saks.
RCHS ended up as the No. 2 seed in the area tournament after they finished the regular season in a three-way tie for first with Ranburne and Horseshoe Bend. The Lady Generals won the three-way coin toss for first place and, with it, the right to host the area tournament.
With only the top two teams from the area advancing to the regional playoffs, one of those three teams will see their season end in disappointing fashion this weekend.
L 10-5 at Dadeville Tuesday
W 15-0 vs. Saks Thursday
W 5-3 vs. Pinson Valley Friday
L 10-4 vs. Shelby County Friday
W 6-3 vs. Ashville Friday
L 7-5 vs. Ragland Friday
- Talee Sims went 7-for-14 for the week with a home run and seven RBI. She had at least one hit in every game and has now hit safely in 12 straight contests. Sims is batting .534 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI this season.
- Emma Prestridge went 7-for-17 for the week and led the Lady Tigers with nine RBI over that six-game stretch, which included a four-RBI performance in the win over Saks.
- Chaluncie Denny was 8-for-13 with a double and four RBI on the week to raise her average from .397 to .429 for the year.
- Brantlee Wortham hit her sixth home run of the season and scored four runs in the win over Saks. She is now hitting .486 with 40 RBI on the year.
- Lexi Key picked up wins in all three of the Lady Tigers’ victories last week. In wins over Saks, Pinson Valley and Ashville she went a total of 13 innings, recording 16 strikeouts and allowing just four earned runs. Key is now 16-11 with a 3.79 ERA for the year.
Coming up next: RCHS will take on Ranburne in the first round of the 2A, Area 8 tournament at Horseshoe Bend Friday at 4 p.m.
Wadley closed its regular season with an 11-1 win over Winterboro Thursday.
Wadley is now 4-8 heading into next week’s area tournament at Woodland.
- Cailin Birdsong and Melody Jordan had two hits apiece to pace the Lady Bulldogs’ 10-hit attack in the five inning win.
- Rylee Holloway went 1-for-3 with a single and three RBI.
- Makenzie Gilliland had a double and two RBI in two at-bats.
- Katie Ward pitched a 5-inning complete game, allowing three hits and one unearned run while striking out six.
Coming up next: Wadley plays Talladega County Central in the first round of the 1A, Area 8 tournament Monday at 3 p.m.
Woodland erupted for 19 hits, including two home runs and seven doubles in its 12-2 win over Wellborn in the final home game of the regular season for the Lady Bobcats. Woodland is now 18-16-2 and will host the 1A, Area 8 tournament starting Monday.
- Leah Williamson went 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI Thursday. It was the first four-hit game of the season for Williamson, who raised her average from .333 to .364 with the perfect day at the plate.
- McKenzie McCormick was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and also earned a complete-game victory in the circle. She allowed 10 hits and two earned runs while recording three strikeouts in six innings of work. Her home run was her ninth of the season, and she now hitting .485 for the year.
- Julianna Lovvorn went 3-for-4 with a solo home run – her third of the season.
- Josie Cross went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
- Ella Waites and Madison Mitchell added two hits apiece.
Coming up next: Woodland will take on Winterboro in the first round of the 1A, Area 8 tournament Monday at 3 p.m.
Handley’s only senior got a walkoff hit on senior night as the Lady Tigers took down Munford 14-4 last Tuesday to secure their spot as the second-place team in 4A, Area 7.
Jessi Gosdin’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth gave Handley a 10-run lead, implementing the mercy rule and ending the game in Handley’s favor.
Ella Hopper went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, and Aleah Cox drove in three runs with a 2-for-3 performance to help fuel the Handley win. Mariana Whaley had three hits to lead the Lady Tigers, and Alexis Henry and Kia Brown added two hits apiece as part of the team’s 15-hit attack.
Ava Hill and Breydan Watkins combined to limit Munford to one earned run on five hits and six strikeouts as the Lady Tigers raised their record to 26-10-1 for the year.
Handley will have rematch with Munford in the first round of the area tournament Monday at 6 p.m. at Cleburne County.