CCHS falls one game short of regional tournament

Published 11:13 am Thursday, May 4, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

The AHSAA Class 6A Area 5 Softball Tournament stretched across three days from May 1-3 to crown a champion. Chilton County High School won its first game of the tournament, but fell one game short of clinching a spot in the regional tournament.

The Tigers began their tournament at Calera High School on May 1 with a matchup with Stanhope Elmore High School. The Tiger took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Macey Pierce scored on an error. CCHS added three more runs in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Maecie Driskell and a two-run triple from Pierce to go up 4-0.

Stanhope Elmore blitzed into the lead with five runs across the third and fourth innings, but its lead was short lived. The Tigers roared back with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Pierce and Lily Benson got the rally started with back-to-back RBI singles, and the Tigers scored three more runs after a costly error from Stanhope. CCHS cruised the rest of the way to win 9-5. Pierce and Benson each went 2-for-4, and Gracie Brewer was 2-for-3 in the nine hole in the lineup.

After Calera began day one with a 17-0 win over Carver High School, that set up the Tigers second game of day one against the Eagles. CCHS fell 15-0 with just five hits, all singles, and Calera advanced into the title game.

Stanhope Elmore took down Carver 23-1 in the loser’s bracket to end day one and set up a rematch with CCHS with a spot in the championship game, and regionals, on the line. CCHS fell behind early and could not overcome the deficit to fall 12-0. Brianna Goggins and Benson each had a single, and the Tigers’ season comes to an end with a 15-16-1 record.