The bullpen started to stir in the fifth inning but there was never a doubt who was going to finish the Class 4A Area 5 tournament in the circle on Thursday night. Holtville’s KK Dismukes struck out her 14th batter of the game as the Bulldogs defeated Elmore County 10-1 for their fifth straight area championship.
“We were trying to make a pitching change there at the end but she was not giving the ball up,” Holtville coach Darryl Otwell said. “She wanted to finish it.”
Dismukes was in the circle for all 12 innings Holtville played in the area tournament. She struck out 25 batters across two wins against the Panthers while allowing just six hits and one run.
Dismukes also got things started on offense in the championship game. After Jordan Cousins singled and Bella Farmer walked, Dismukes drove a 2-2 pitch off the scoreboard in right field to put the Bulldogs ahead 3-0.
“She’s a fantastic hitter obviously,” ECHS coach Kim Moncrief said. “She can hit it out and she will. She’s hit every pitch of ours out except the changeup.”
Holtville (39-9) added four runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. Cyndi Thornton had four RBIs in the championship and Farmer led the team with four runs scored.
Maci Curlee had the only RBI single of the game for the Panthers (20-15), scoring Madison Britt in the sixth inning. Curlee also homered against BTW earlier in the tournament and reached base in six of 12 plate appearances.
Both teams will advance to the 4A East Central Regional which will be played at Choccolocco Park in Oxford. Holtville will play Oak Grove in the first round while Elmore County will face off against Leeds on Thursday. Both games are set to begin at 10:30 a.m.
Note: Read the full story on Holtville's win and previews for the regionals in next week's edition of The Wetumpka Herald.