For the first time since 2012, the Holtville softball team will be playing in the AHSAA State Tournament. The Bulldogs won three games at the Class 4A East Central Regional including a 6-2 victory over Leeds to clinch a spot in next week's tournament at Lagoon Park.
After falling to American Christian in the regional championship game, Holtville moved to the consolation bracket with one more chance to move on to state. The Bulldogs fell behind when Leeds scored an unearned run in the second inning and the offense could not get going early.
KK Dismukes continued to pitch well, holding Leeds to just one run while striking out five in the first four innings of the game. With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Leeds intentionally walked Dismukes at the plate which ignited the Bulldog rally.
Cyndi Thornton singled and Bella Farmer followed with walk to load the bases. Alexus Hindman came to the plate and an infield grounder caused some confusion between the Leeds pitcher and catcher, allowing the tying run to score.
After Dismukes struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth, Holtville came back with another 2-out rally to take the lead. Leeds intentionally walked Dismukes again to load the bases for Thornton.
Thornton reached on an error, allowing the go-ahead run to score from third. Farmer followed with a 3-run triple to put Holtville in control of the elimination game.
You can see all of the recaps from Friday's action in Oxford here. Pick up a copy of this week's The Wetumpka Herald for complete coverage of the regional tournaments and a preview for the state tournament.