HOLLY POND —
Class 3A No. 7 Holly Pond overcame a two-run deficit entering the seventh inning Thursday night against Brindlee Mountain, riding five runs in the top half of the frame to a 6-3 triumph.
The win, paired with a 3-0 shutout of J.B. Pennington in the first round of the Area 14 Tournament, guaranteed the Lady Broncos a spot on the regional stage for a fifth straight season. They’ll play either Brindlee Mountain or J.B. Pennington for the area tourney title Friday at 5 p.m. before preparing for the North Regional Tournament May 9-10 in Huntsville.
“I’m proud of my seniors,” Holly Pond coach Steve Miller said. “They’ve been with us for a long time.”
Montana Holcombe struck out nine Brindlee Mountain batters, while Taylor Oslin came up with three big RBIs, including two during the Lady Broncos’ seventh-inning outburst.
“We kind of geared around her,” Miller said of Oslin. “She had a big night.”
Cold Springs and Addison also secured regional berths by finishing as area tourney runners-up on Thursday.
Cold Springs fell 6-2 to Lamar County in the 2A, Area 11 championship, while Addison was defeated 13-3 in the 1A, Area 15 title tilt.
Cold Springs will head to the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa. Addison will join Holly Pond in Huntsville.
Cullman beat West Point in an elimination game at the 5A, Area 15 Tournament late Thursday night.
The Lady Warriors were sent to the consolation bracket with a 2-0 loss to No. 4 Hartselle. Karra Elam contributed a double and single for West Point. Karli Beck added a hit and struck out five in six innings in the pitcher’s circle.
The Lady Bearcats were in an elimination situation due to a nine-inning 6-5 loss to East Limestone.
Good Hope rebounded from a 5-1 defeat versus Vinemont with a 15-0 shutout of Hanceville to stay alive in the 3A, Area 11 Tournament. The Lady Raiders will play the loser between Vinemont and Danville for the right to advance to regionals Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Fairview upset No. 7 Oneonta 5-4 in the first round of the 4A, Area 9 Tournament.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.