After an eventful but rain-shortened opening day at the East Central Regional, there were several changes made to Friday's schedule in Oxford. With more rain on the forecast for the weekend, games are in full swing and ahead of schedule on Friday morning.
We’ve got a finalized schedule. Here is the ELCO schedule to start the day:ECHS on Field 1 at 9 a.m.Wetumpka on Field 5 at 9 a.m.Stanhope on Field 1 at 10:30 a.m.Holtville on Field 4 at 10:30 a.m. pic.twitter.com/c0i9bHFGQa— Caleb Turrentine (@CalebTurrentine) May 10, 2019
Note: For complete coverage on how teams performed in this weekend's regional, pick up a copy of this week's The Wetumpka Herald.
Helena 15, Wetumpka 1: Magical run comes to an end in consolation final
Helena scored five runs on just two hits in the first inning before running away with the second qualifier for the Class 6A East Central Regional. The Huskies defeated Wetumpka 15-1 in five innings to advance to next week's state tournament.
Wetumpka finishes its season with a 22-17 record after winning three games at the regional tournament. The Indians matched their win total from last season but played 10 fewer games.
Wetumpka 4, Chelsea 3: Indians continue to roll, move within one game of state tournament
After losing its opening round game 11-1 to Chelsea, Wetumpka's hopes of a state tournament appearance were looking very dim. However, the Indians avenged that loss with a 4-3 victory and have won three consecutive games to move within one win of Lagoon Park.
Wetumpka took an early lead with an RBI groundout from Lily Gray to score Ashlynn Campbell in the first inning. Anna Kate Norton added an RBI single in the third inning to put the Indians ahead 2-0.
Chelsea tied the game with a 2-run single in the fifth inning, forcing Wetumpka coach Jimmy Reeves to pull Mya Holt in favor of Rebeka Cannon. Wetumpka quickly responded as Campbell and Norton crossed the plate on a pair of passed balls to put the Indians up 4-2.
Chelsea added one more run but Wetumpka held off the late rally as Cannon grabbed a two-inning save. Wetumpka will continue play Friday night with a game against Helena where a state tournament berth on the line.
Holtville 6, Leeds 2: Bulldogs advance to State Tournament
Read the full report on Holtville qualifying for the Class 4A State Tournament here.
American Christian 9, Holtville 7: ACA advances to state with late rally against Bulldogs
After erasing a 4-run deficit, Holtville could not hold on to a fifth-inning lead and American Christian secured a spot in next week's state tournament with a 9-7 win over the Bulldogs Friday afternoon. Holtville will have one more game in Oxford and can make it to Lagoon Park for the first time since 2013 with a win Friday night.
Holtville got on the scoreboard first with an RBI double by Cyndi Thornton in the first inning. ACA responded with four runs after just five batters in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
The Patriots extended the lead with two more doubles in the second inning but Holtville did not go down without a fight. KK Dismukes hit her 24th home run of the season with a 2-run shot to center field to cut the deficit in half in the third inning.
In the fifth inning, Holtville took the lead on a 3-run homer by Bella Farmer, her second of the tournament and fourth of the season. That lead was quickly erased when ACA scored three runs after a two-out error in the infield to retake the lead for good.
Wetumpka 3, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 2: Gem from Mya Holt keeps Wetumpka alive
With its back against the wall, Wetumpka turned to a seventh grader in the circle and Mya Holt did not disappoint. She pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs and just six hits.
Wetumpka scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with the help of three fielding errors by Hillcrest. Rebeka Cannon led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Kailyn David reached on an error.
With two on and no outs, Markie Hicks hit a hard grounder to third base and reached after the throw to first sailed into the outfield. Hicks came around to score on a wild pitch, giving Wetumpka a 3-2 lead.
The Indians have a quick turnaround with another game originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Wetumpka still needs two more wins to advance to the state tournament.
Northside 15, Elmore County 3: Panthers' season ends with offensive explosion from Rams
Northside racked up 17 hits and 23 baserunners to end Elmore County's season with a 15-3 defeat Friday. The Panthers had the lead in the second inning but the Rams had four innings with at least three runs to pull away with the win.
Elmore County took an early lead when Madison Britt scored on an RBI single by Mackenzie Lewis in the second inning. Northside responded with three runs in the top of the third to take the lead.
Madelyn Becker got one run back with an RBI on a sacrifice fly to center field while an RBI single from Eleanor Watts tied the game. Northside then outscored the Panthers 12-0 in the final four innings of the game to end Elmore County's season.
Wetumpka 11, Benjamin Russell 3: Indians stay alive with strong offense
Pushing across seven runs in the fifth inning was more than enough for Wetumpka's softball team to earn an 11-3 victory over Benjamin Russell. The win guaranteed the Indians another game in the losers' bracket of the Class 6A East Central Regional tournament; they will face Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at 4:30 p.m.
Offense was the name of the game for Wetumpka, which collected 11 hits in the win over BRHS. Lily Gray went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Mya Holt and Savannah Shoemaker each had two hits.
After trailing 4-1 midway through the second, Benjamin Russell attempted to make a comeback, cutting Wetumpka's lead to 4-3 after four innings, but that's when the Indians took off. They scored seven runs in the top of the fifth and held BRHS scoreless for the rest of the way to ensure the victory.
Wetumpka ace Rebeka Cannon allowed just three hits in the win.
Holtville 4, Northside 2: Bulldogs move within one win of state tournament
Holtville's bats took some time to get going Friday morning but the Bulldogs only needed one big inning to give KK Dismukes the support she needed in the circle. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth, leading to a 4-2 win over Northside in the second round of the regional.
Dismukes led off the fourth inning with a walk and pinch-runner Bre'Ella Hughley advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Bella Farmer followed with a single and Alexus Hindman got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with an RBI on a bunt to the pitcher.
The inning continued with an RBI groundout by Haley Walker before Zoe Lowe knocked in the third run on an RBI single. Farmer added an RBI single in the following inning to put Holtville ahead 4-0.
Northside got back in the game with two runs in the sixth inning and brought up the go-ahead run in the seventh but Dismukes closed out the game in the circle. Dismukes finished with nine strikeouts and has allowed two runs across 14 innings pitched during the tournament.
Opelika 7, Stanhope Elmore 4: Mustangs' season ends at regional tournament
After Harleigh Anderson and Neci King combined for five scoreless innings, Opelika scored six runs on four Stanhope fielding errors to take a 6-1 lead in the sixth inning. The Mustangs pulled three runs back but Opelika added one more unearned run and finished off the game to take the 7-4 victory.
Stanhope finished the game with nine errors and all seven of Opelika's runs were recorded as unearned. Anderson and King combined for 11 strikeouts across seven innings while allowing eight hits in the loss.
The Mustangs (23-24) had just five hits of their own but added five walks at the plate. Megan Smith led the way with two hits and two RBIs while Brooke Burkett and Morgan Caroll each recorded a hit, a run and an RBI.
Elmore County 15, Dallas County 1: Panthers keep season alive
After falling in its opening game, Elmore County had its backs against the wall entering play on Friday. The Panthers responded with a big statement, defeating Dallas County 15-1 in five innings.
Ebone Pierson scored three times in the win, leading a charge of six different Elmore County players with multiple runs. Madison Britt finished with three RBIs, upping her season total to a team-high 43.
Maci Curlee got the start in the circle and pitched four innings before being pulled to conserve pitches for the rest of the tournament. She finished with seven strikeouts while allowing just three hits and one unearned run.
Elmore County need to win three more games on Thursday to advance to next week's state tournament. The Panthers will be back in action at 1:30 p.m. to take on the loser of Holtville-Northside.
Chelsea 11, Wetumpka 1: Indians fall in resumed game
After falling behind by two runs in the top of the first inning, Wetumpka responded well and cut the lead in half with a RBI double from Lily Gray in the bottom of the inning. However, the Indians only recorded one more hit after the first inning and Chelsea ran away to win the opening-round game 11-1.
The Hornets scored three runs in the second inning before the game was eventually suspended due to bad weather on Thursday. Chelsea came back with three runs in the third inning when the game resumed on Friday morning.
Chelsea added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning and Wetumpka's offense could not respond so the game was called after five innings. The Hornets scored four unearned runs on three Wetumpka errors.
The Indians will play again at noon with their season on the line against Benjamin Russell.