County teams eliminated from state tournament

Published 4:35 pm Monday, May 21, 2018

The state softball tournament is a battle of the best teams in Alabama across all seven classifications.

Thorsby, Jemison and Isabella each made the trip down to this year’s showcase in Montgomery and represented Chilton County well despite none of the teams advancing to the next day.

All three teams faced tough tests right off the bat and suffered opening round losses.

Jemison lost 11-1 to Rehobeth, Thorsby lost 11-0 to Mars Hill Bible School and Isabella was on the wrong end of a perfect game during a 10-0 loss to Brantley.

After just one game, all three teams were already forced to make the switch to an elimination game mindset.

Losing early in a double-elimination format is not ideal, but it was something that each team faced.

Only Thorsby was able to win its next game and extend the joy of playing in the postseason.

The Rebels defeated J.U. Blacksher 10-5 behind a two-RBI game by Hannah Smith, Karlee Kincaid and Ashly Cleckler.

Thorsby was able to capitalize on eight J.U. Blacksher errors.

Adi Niamon picked up the win in a complete game performance that included four earned runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts.

The results in Game 2 were not as favorable for Isabella and Jemison.

After struggling to get on base against Brantley, the Mustang bats got going in Game 2 against Belgreen.

Isabella smacked 13 hits and matched that total with 13 runs. However, the Mustangs could not keep pace with Belgreen, which scored 20 runs on 18 hits in the contest.

Noelle Fjeldstad led the Isabella hit parade going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Jemison bowed out of the Class 5A bracket after allowing eight runs in the final two innings during a 13-3 loss to Mortimer Jordan.

As the last county team standing, Thorsby lost 10-8 to Lamar County in an epic game that saw both teams combine for 11 runs in the sixth inning.

Kincaid and senior Irelan Childress combined for seven hits against Lamar County.