The Stanhope Elmore softball team took a huge step in preparing for the postseason with its win over Wetumpka on Tuesday. However, the Mustangs struggled to build off that victory throughout the week including an early exit in their own tournament over the weekend.
Despite getting an early lead after Neci King stole home, Stanhope allowed six unanswered runs in a 6-1 loss to Central-Phenix City on Thursday night. The Mustangs had only two runners reach base in the final four innings of the loss.
The tournament began on Friday with Stanhope hosting nine teams from around the state for the two-day event. The Mustangs finished third in their pool after getting wins Marbury and Robertsdale but falling to Leroy.
Stanhope was matched up with Chelsea in the quarterfinals but the Mustangs could not get anything going on offense and mistakes in the field led to a 4-0 defeat. Stanhope recorded just two hits and allowed four unearned runs in the loss.
Kelbi Johnson led the team with six hits in seven plate appearances across the four tournament games. Rikki McAdams had four RBIs in that span as she reached double figures for the season.
Stanhope capped off its week with a trip to Auburn on Monday night. The Mustangs scored two runs in the seventh inning but it was too little, too late as Auburn came away with a 5-2 victory.
Wildcats split with Macon East
Edgewood traveled south for a top-five battle in AISA with No. 2 Macon East on Monday night. The fourth-ranked Wildcats won the opener 8-2 but settled for a split after the offense failed to produce in a 2-1 loss in the second game.
The Wildcats (36-12) had seven different players score a run in the first game while Mary Michael Burnham allowed just three hits and no earned runs through seven innings in the circle. Edgewood opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning but Macon East quickly leveled the score in the bottom of the fourth.
Edgewood broken open its big lead with five runs in the top of the sixth. Jessy Morales, Burnham and Anna Catherine Segrest recorded RBIs in the inning.
In Game 2, the Wildcats fought back from an early one-run deficit and tied the game with an RBI from Morales in the fourth inning. However, with the shortened game for the doubleheader, Macon East won on a walk-off double in the fifth inning with two outs.
Alexis Walls took the loss in the circle for the Wildcats, despite allowing just five hits and one earned run in 4 2/3 innings. She struck out three and had no walks while also getting a hit at the plate.