The PHS Varsity Softball team competed in the Gulf Coast Classic II tournament this week in Gulf Shores and finished in 3rd place out of 30 teams. The Lady Lions compiled a 7-1 record for the tournament in an impressive and gutty performance.
In the tournament opener, the Lady Lions defeated Lawrence County 6-5 in 1 extra inning. PHS scored five runs in the first two innings to take an early lead. However, Lawrence County responded with five runs of their own in the last inning of regulation to tie the ballgame before Prattville held on in extra innings for the thrilling win. Melissa Townsend notched the win by pitching the final 1 and a third innings and striking out 3. Townsend also had 3 hits to lead the way at the plate. Keitt Trammell had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.
PHS defeated Hendersonville, TN in game 2 by scoring 4 runs in the final inning to win 7-3. Townsend again was the ace on the mound allowing 3 runs over 5 innings while striking out 4. Townsend, McKenzie Harlow, and Hannah Brown tallied two hits in the game to lead the Lady Lions at the plate.
Day 2 of pool play saw Prattville taking on McNairy Central from Selmer, Tennessee. A tight contest throughout, Prattville pulled ahead in the 4th inning on a crushing 2 run double by Emma Hindi to center field. Hindi also provided the pitching power going 6 innings allowing no earned runs, 1 hit and striking out 6 in a dominant performance. Kameron Bowen, Antinique Clay, and Brown also had one hit each.
Prattville spanked Fayette County 13-0 in the final pool play game. Sam Hilyer, Grace Schooley and Bowen had 2 hits apiece in the game. Hilyer also added 4 RBI’s. Townsend recorded the win by going 3 innings allowing only 2 hits and no runs. Kaelyn Campbell notched the save pitching the final inning and not allowing a hit or run.
Day 3 started the single-elimination portion of the tournament where it was win or be eliminated from the tournament. In game 1, Prattville defeated Trinity of Montgomery 7-2. Hindi recorded the win going 5 innings allowing no earned runs and inducing 5 strike outs. Hindi also had two hits to lead the Lady Lions at the plate.
PHS moved on to regional nemesis Central of Phenix City in the next elimination game. Trammell drove home Hindi with the winning run to end the game with a 2-1 Prattville victory. Townsend was a beast on the mound once again allowing only 1 earned run and 4 hits over 5 innings. Clay had 2 hits to lead the Lady Lions offensively.
Next up was Soddy-Daisy High School from Tennessee. The Lady Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning and never looked back as they won by a final of 3-1. Hindi continue to impress on the mound by allowing no earned runs and 3 hits over 4 innings to record the win. Townsend pitched the final inning allowing no runs or hits to earned the save. Hindi and Bailey Cooper led PHS at the plate hammering out two hits each. Townsend and Trammell each had an RBI.
The Lady Lions championship hopes were dashed in the semi-finals by the nationally ranked Sumiton Christian Eagles 4-1. Prattville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a perfectly executed squeeze play by Hilyer driving in Harlow. Sumiton Christian took the lead for good in the third inning by scoring two runs en route to the victory. Kelby Hogan, Harlow and Clay recorded hits in the game for Prattville. Townsend took the hard luck loss only allowing two hits and two earned runs over 4 innings. Sumiton Christian went on to win the tournament title.
The Lady Lions are now 16-5 overall (1-0 in area play) and 15-2 in their last 17 games as they look forward to a much needed weekend off. They will resume play Monday on the road against county rival Marbury. First pitch is schedule for 4:30.