The Stephens County Lady Indians Softball team won a thrilling Game One in the AAAA State Playoff with an extra inning 5-2 victory over Central High School in Carrollton Tuesday night.
In a scoreless game through three innings,Central broke through with a run in the 4th inning to take a 1-0 lead. Stephens County was able to tie the score in the sixth inning. After Kasey Westmoreland reached on a fielders choice, Ashton Ayers singled, and Aly Singletary doubled to score Westmoreland.
The score remained tied and in the bottom of the 7th inning it looked likely that Central was going to score. The Lions had the bases loaded with one out when Stephens County’s Tyra Hunter caught a fly ball in right field and completed a crucial inning ending double play throwing out the runner at home.
In the extra inning, the Lady Indians bats got hot with 9 batters coming to the plate in the inning. Ayers and Singletary had back to back singles and were moved to second and third on Brenna McCall’s sacrifice bunt. Kaylee Sellers singled to score Ayers with the go ahead run, followed by Jasmine Lowery’s three-run home run to give the Lady Indians a 5-1 lead heading to the bottom of the 8th inning.
Central made it interesting in the bottom of the inning scoring a run and loading the bases, but Stephens County pitcher Emma Whitfield snagged a ball hit back up the middle and threw to first to end the game.
Whitfield was the winning pitcher allowing 2 runs on 10 hits, striking out 6 and walking 2.
Central’s Maggie Harris got the loss as Stephens County scored five runs on 15 hits.
The Lady Indians got contributions throughout the lineup. Lowery had three hits and 3 RBI’s,Sellers had three hits and an RBI., and Hunter, Westmoreland, Ayers, and Singletary had 2 hits each.
Game Two started and Central led 5-0 in the 2nd inning, but after a heavy downpour the game was called and will start over today as a new game at 0-0.
The two teams will now meet at 11 A.M. this morning for the start of Game Two. If Stephens County wins, they will advance to the 2nd round. If Central wins, there will be a Game Three today approximately 20-30 minutes after Game Two.
Airtime on WNEG is set for 10:45 this morning.