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Southern Girls slow progress of Evolution
Keeley Sweeton gets ready to make a play at third base during tournament action against Team Evolution on Monday night. Sweeton and the Southern Girls defeated Team Evolution to hand the team its first loss of the season.

A battle took place against the top two teams in girls’ 10-12 softball tournament action at Hoover and Millraney Field Monday night. The Southern Girls faced off against Team Evolution, which went through the season unscathed with a perfect record of 12-0 but the Southern Girls weren’t worried about that.
The Southern Girls used a five-run second inning to knock off Team Evolution, 8-4, sending the team to its first loss of the season. With the win, the Southern Girls advanced to the championship game on Thursday night, while Team Evolution fell to the loser’s bracket.
Zoel Conner led the way at the plate for the Southern Girls as she went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Kara Debord, Ebonie Ross and Andrea Jefferson, who had a three-run homerun, had two hits apiece.
Kora Forbes was dominant on the mound for the Southern Girls as she went three innings, giving up only four runs on three hits and striking out three batters.
For Team Evolution, Brooklyn Cope, Jazlynn Ward and BreAnna Harris all had a hit apiece in the loss. Cope also suffered the loss on the mound, going three innings, surrendering eight runs and striking out five batters.
Both teams were cold at the plate in the first, failing to score any runs, leaving the game a scoreless tie heading into the top of the second.
Team Evolution broke the scoreless tie in the top of the second thanks to three walks by the Southern Girls, scoring three runs, 3-0.
After three walks to begin the bottom of the inning, The Southern Girls took the lead courtesy of Conner’s 3-RBI double to the outfield and a 2-RBI single by Dallis Melton, 5-3, after two.
An RBI double by Ward in the top of the third cut the Southern Girls' lead to one, 5-4 heading into the bottom of the inning.
The Southern Girls added three runs to their lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to Jefferson’s three-run homerun and the Southern Girls ultimately won the game, 8-4, sending them to the championship game.