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Elmore County pitcher Chelsea Fomby and catcher Lauren Waid shake hands between innings with Calera during the AHSAA Class 4A regional contest Friday at Troy. Photo by Cory Diaz
Elmore County pitcher Chelsea Fomby and catcher Lauren Waid shake hands between innings with Calera during the AHSAA Class 4A regional contest Friday at Troy. Photo by Cory Diaz

TROY REGIONALS: Elmore County wins 2; eyes berth at state

Published 6:36pm Friday, May 9, 2014

The Elmore County Lady Panthers held on to win both of its opening AHSAA Class 4A regional games, by the count of 4-2, against Calera and Oak Grove Friday at the Troy Sportsplex.
Senior pitcher Chelsea Fomby recorded two wins for Elmore County (31-4) in the circle, allowing five hits in each game and struck out five combined hitters.
In the second round winner’s bracket contest versus Oak Grove, ECHS took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Sophomore Elissa Brown took home on a Lady Tigers fielder’s choice.
The Lady Panthers added two insurance runs in the fifth off bunts, while still leading 1-0. Senior Brooke Nettles scored off a throwing error from third baseman Erin Benson fielding senior Haley Britt’s bunt. Two batters later, Britt took home on senior Tori Jackson’s sacrifice bunt to extend ECHS’s lead to 3-0.
“They were big,” ECHS coach Wilbur Terrell said. “The purpose of insurance runs is to let you relax a little bit. You’ve played that really intense ballgame. I felt like we could’ve held them because we’ve had one run games before and we did OK.”
After Oak Grove cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth, the Panthers pushed another run across the plate when Britt smacked an RBI hit, scoring senior Olivia Royal.
Elmore County will meet West Blocton for a state tournament berth at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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