The Tallassee softball team finished off the regular season with four consecutive wins at its home tournament over the weekend. The Tigers (38-7) fought off some early deficits before making to the championship game and defeated Horseshoe Bend 16-0 with some big performances at the plate throughout the lineup.
“We jumped out early and that was a great game,” Tallassee coach Pat Love said. “We got to let a lot of people play. I like where we’re at right now and as long as we can stay there, that’ll be good.”
The Tigers looked to bounce back from their first two-game losing streak of the season entering the start of tournament play Friday. Love said it was important to get back on track before the area tournament Tuesday.
“Both of those losses, we jumped out on them,” Love said. “We came out intense and locked in but we kind of lost focused. We just went quiet when we thought we had it won.”
After a slow start from both teams’ offenses, it was the Tigers that struck first. Avary Lumpkin hit a three-run homer as a part of a five-run fourth inning to give Tallassee a 5-0 win over Horseshoe Bend.
Sinclair Cole was in the circle for the Tigers, staying undefeated on the season. Cole allowed just two baserunners while striking out six across six innings in the victory.
In the second game, Tallassee fell behind Saint James 7-4 after four innings but the Tigers did not take long to bounce back. Lexi Love’s bases-loaded triple tied the game before an error brought Love home to retake the lead. Madelyn Martin added a two-run single for good measure before Tallassee won in five innings.
“I thought we may start having the same thing against Saint James,” Love said. “We responded really well though and hit the ball really hard. I could see the focus and determination when they got down and I didn’t even have to say much.”
Tallassee was forced to turn around and play Saint James again in the semifinal. The Tigers used another six-run inning for a 10-4 win as five different players recorded at least two hits in the victory.
Belle Haynes hit her fourth home run of the season and had two RBIs for the Tigers. Sally Shipman had a three-run double to finish off the fifth inning and keep Tallassee in front for good.
Martin led the way for the Tigers in the championship game, recording three hits including her first homer of the season and an RBI double. Bella Royster pitched five innings in the circle and allowed just three hits for her first win of the season.
“I think it was a really good lesson for us,” Love said. “You have to stay intense and stay focused in on every pitch. I think it showed our girls a lot about staying locked in.”