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Wildcatz escape upset bid
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During the regular season, Walker’s Wildcatz weren’t beaten and were barely tested. When the girls 11-13 senior league tournament started Monday though, the Wildcatz were in for a fight.
L&M Floors almost pulled off a huge upset, but the team fell one run short as Walker’s held on to win 9-8 Monday night at Hoover and Millraney Field.
Walker’s Wildcatz stormed through the regular season, finishing 8-0 with most wins coming in impressive fashion.
Monday’s game wasn’t the same though as both teams knew going into the contest it was win-or-go-home in the single-elimination tournament.
The Wildcatz were able to pull off the victory by scoring six runs in the third inning and holding on at the end.
Walker’s led 9-4 entering the top of the fifth, but Livia Walker had trouble shutting the door on L&M Floors.
Two walks and two hit batters gave L&M Floors one run, but Walker followed with two strikeouts to bring the Wildcatz within one out of a championship-game berth.
Anna Grace Bain came up with a clutch hit as her bases-loaded double scored three, but Bain was tagged out as the game ended with L&M Floors one run away from forcing extra innings.
Abby Clark led the Wildcatz with two hits, while Walker, Skylar Youngblood and Cassie Scruggs finished with one hit each.
Bain had two doubles for L&M Floors. Kassie McCarty added a single in the fourth inning.
After Walker’s punched its ticket into the championship, McCormack’s upset Ramirez Trucking 10-7 to move into the finals as well.
Brooke Murphy tied the game at seven with an RBI single to start the fifth inning and a two-run single by McKenzie Wood proved to be the difference as the No. 3 seed McCormack’s was able to top the No. 2 seed Ramirez Trucking.
Alexis Locke led McCormack’s with two hits, while Murphy, Wood, Hope Mullican, Madison Merriman and Kelsey Fults added one hit each.
Erica Turner, Rhiannon Hoover, Savannah Kelley, Alexis Hill and Autumn Summers had one hit apiece for Ramirez Trucking.
The finals were played last night, but results weren’t available at press time. Check in Friday’s Southern Standard for details from the championship game.