Wildcats fall in title game of home tourney

Caleb Turrentine / The Herald

Edgewood’s Alexis Walls throws a pitch during Saturday’s bracket play.

The Edgewood softball team stormed into the championship game of its own tournament on Saturday night but fell short, losing to Bessemer Academy, 7-3. The Wildcats finished the weekend with three wins and are now 7-2 on the season.

“Overall, I think we did pretty well,” Edgewood coach Mark Segrest said. “We got better as the tournament went along but it’s still early in the season. We’re looking for consistency right now and trying to play with some confidence.”

Edgewood opened the weekend by splitting two games during pool play. The Wildcats defeated Bessemer, 7-1, Friday before losing to Marengo, 11-4, setting the Wildcats up as the No. 6 seed for bracket play Saturday.

Less than 24 hours after losing its second game, Edgewood defeated Marengo 10-0 to start Day 2. Mary Michael Burnham and Alexis Walls combined for four shutout innings using just 49 total pitches. Madison White and Grayson Laney each finished the game with two runs batted in.

Burnham came back out to start the semifinals game against Autauga and led Edgewood to a 3-0 victory in a shortened game due to time limit. Burnham pitched four innings without allowing a hit and striking out two batters. Haylee Brown had a two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning to put the game away.

“Ideally, when you’re hosting you want to reach that championship game,” Segrest said. “And we did but we just fell a little short at the end. I’m still proud of how they played with effort and their attitude on the field.”

Walls started in the championship game but allowed three runs over three innings before being relieved by Burnham. However, Bessemer added to its lead against Edgewood’s ace and the Wildcats could not come back from a 6-1 deficit in the final two innings.

Right fielder Kelly Green scored two of the three runs for Edgewood during the final game and got a hit in all three at bats. Green scored at least once in four of the team’s five games during the tournament and led the team with seven hits in just 10 at bats.

“I certainly think we’re right there with some of the top teams,” Segrest said. “We need to get more consistent at the plate. We’re looking for more discipline with the bat and we need some other pitchers to step up.”

The Edgewood baseball team hosted a round robin tournament over the weekend as Macon-East, Lee Scott and Crenshaw Christian came to town. All three of Edgewood’s games were within one run but the Wildcats came away with only one victory.

Luke Justiss had a pinch-hit, walk-off single to score Conner Bailey in the opener Friday to defeat Crenshaw Christian, 4-3. Justiss was also credited with the win on the mound after pitching a perfect seventh inning, striking out two in the process.

Edgewood lost to Macon-East, 5-4, after two errors led to five runs in the third inning for the Knights. The Wildcats scored one in the seventh to close the gap but could not complete the comeback.

Kolby Potts, Cade Bazzell and Luke Sisson each had two hits in the finale but it was not enough in an 8-7 defeat against Lee Scott. The Wildcat pitchers allowed only one earned run but four errors were the downfall for the hosts.

Edgewood responded with a 6-5 win over Kingwood on Monday night after Dawson Owens drew a walk with the bases loaded to score the winning run. The Wildcats are now 3-4 on the season.