Indians, Mustangs fall short at local tournament

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Wetumpka’s Ashlyn Campbell reaches for an errant throw during the team’s loss to Prattville Christian.

The Wetumpka softball team hosted 20 teams in its annual tournament over the weekend. After splitting the two games in pool play, the Indians fell in the first round of bracket play after losing to Alabama Christian, 6-0.

Wetumpka opened its weekend with a game against Prattville Christian on Friday night. After falling behind 2-0, the Indians battled back to tie the game during their final chance at the plate.

In the fourth inning, Maddie Elmore led off with a double and scored two batters later on a single by catcher Kenlee Rodgers. Morgan Coleman came in to pinch run for Rodgers and was moved to third base after a single and a groundout.

With the Indians down to their final out, Coleman scored to tie the game on a passed ball. PCA got out of the inning without losing the lead thanks to a strikeout from Paisley Wilson.

Wilson led off the bottom of the fourth for the Lions, drawing a walk before being taken off for a pinch runner. Wetumpka could not record an out in the final inning and PCA walked off on a single by Hannah Thrift for a 3-2 win.

Wetumpka responded well the next morning with a comeback victory against Lee-Montgomery. After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the Indians scored six unanswered runs for a 6-3 win in their final pool play game.

Lee made three fielding errors in the first inning, allowing Wetumpka to score four runs and quickly erase its early deficit. Five of Wetumpka’s six runs in the game came off errors from its opponent.

Ashlyn Campbell and Anna Kate Norton each had two hits for Wetumpka in the victory. Norton was the only Indian to score twice while Elmore recorded the team’s only RBI of the game.

Wetumpka was eliminated from the tournament after making four errors and getting just one hit in the loss to ACA. The loss dropped the Indians to 3-6 on the season.

Stanhope Elmore saw a little bit more success than Wetumpka at the tournament, winning three games before ultimately suffering the same fate as its area rivals. The Mustangs won their first three games but fell in the quarterfinals to ACA.

The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory over ACA after RBI singles from Brooke Burkett and Lindsey White. Neci King pitched four innings, allowing just one run and striking out three for the victory.

King returned to the circle to close out Stanhope’s second game in pool play, a 2-1 win against Brantley. The victory allowed the Mustangs to take one of the top seeds for bracket play and getting a bye into the second round.

Stanhope turned to King once again for the first round of bracket play and she did not disappoint. She allowed just two baserunners over three innings in an 8-0 win over Jeff Davis.

The Mustangs scored seven runs in the second inning, including a two-run homer from Burkett. Morgan Carroll and Megan Smith each had two RBIs in the victory as well.

Stanhope could not find that same offense in the quarterfinals against ACA after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning. The Mustangs were held to just two hits and were eliminated by the 6-1 defeat.