HOLLY POND —
Holly Pond’s softball squad may have been down on Friday evening, but the Class 3A No. 7 Lady Broncos were never out of it. Not by any stretch.
After falling to Brindlee Mountain 5-3, the Green and White bounced back with a 7-2 win in the championship contest to avenge the loss and notch their second consecutive Area 14 tournament title.
“We played well,” coach Steve Miller said. “We really fought hard in the second game. I’m proud of the way they finished. Back-to-back area title is pretty exciting for us.”
Montana Holcombe struck out 10 batters in the complete-game effort, while Taylor Tankersley broke it open during the fourth inning with a three-run home run. Kolby Holcombe and Taylor Rowell each had an RBI in the win as well.
Class 5A, Area 15 Tournament
Cullman hammered East Limestone 12-1 during its first game to secure a spot in next weekend’s North Regional Tournament at Huntsville before falling 2-0 to Hartselle in the title matchup.
“You want to win the area tournament, but the bigger picture is that we are making it to the regionals,” Black and Gold coach Stephanie Barlow said. “That’s what really matters. We want to keep our eyes on that prize, and that’s making it to state.”
Tiffani Schwaiger belted a first-inning grand slam to stake her team to an early lead against the Indians. Claire Jenkins popped a homer as well during her three-hit night. Schwaiger and senior Hayden Short each had two hits apiece.
In the nightcap, pitcher Olivia Schwaiger allowed just four hits in the tough loss to the Class 5A, No. 5 Tigers.
Class 3A, Area 11 Tournament
Wayne Harris has been atop the Good Hope softball program for the past six seasons. On Friday night, he garnered his sixth straight regional tournament appearance, as the Raiders came away with a 7-3 victory over Vinemont to extend their season and end the Eagles’ playoff run.
Although the Red and White fell to Danville 10-0 in the title game, Harris said he’s happy to be going back to the playoffs.
“I tried not to lose it when we beat Vinemont,” Harris said. “These kids have worked so hard to get back to regionals. Our record isn’t that great, but we’ve got three seniors who will be making their sixth regional appearance under me. That say a lot about them. The younger kids pulled it out when it mattered. I couldn’t be happier for them. I don’t know when we play next or who we play. I’m just happy to be there.”
Darby Randolph notched the win in Game 1. She, along with Alannah Henke and Bailie Andrews each had three hits in the victory. Henke added four RBIs. Derekia Tankersley also had a couple of base hits as well for the Raiders. All four made the All-Tournament team following the championship.
Class 4A, Area 9 Tournament
Results from Day 2 of Fairview’s area tournament were unavailable by deadline. Check back for more information.
% The Times’ Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.