The Tallassee High Tigers knocked down Beauregard, 9-1, Thursday in the Class 5A Area 4 championship earning a berth into the South Regional tournament beginning Friday. In the championship win, The Tigers were led defensively by Jordan Walters and third baseman Madelyn Martin.
“We’ve come a long way,” Martin said. “It means a lot. This is my last time on this field and I wanted to do good. I had a good game.”
Martin and Walters were key to the Tigers taking control of the game in the sixth.
With bases loaded and a 5-1 lead, Walters turned on a Hornet offering and drove it into the outfield pushing a run home. Two batters later, Martin turned and drove a pitch deep to push two runs home and give Tallassee an 8-1 lead. She scored on a Hannah Martin single for the game’s final run and tally of 9-1.
Walters, who has been Tallassee’s ace throughout the season, was focused on holding Beauregard’s bats at bay.
“Just throw strikes — that’s what I was thinking,” Walters said.
That lockdown mindset permeated throughout the Tigers defense as Beauregard was held without a runner in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
“They came out flat to start, but they did the little things right then we started getting some hits and were able to score some runs,” Tiger coach Pat Love said. “Jordan was lights out the whole game. She got ahead and stayed ahead [of Beauregard batters] and was throwing pitches for strikes. Her drop ball, she was throwing it consistently and did a great job of limiting them to just a couple of hits.”
The one run-scoring inning for the runner-up Hornets came in the third. Beauregard loaded the bases and scored on a passed ball with one out. The threat dissipated shortly thereafter. Catherine Henson, who was saddled with the loss, grounded out to second for the second out of the inning. Madison McDonald then grounded out to short to end the threat.
The Tigers, who ended the regular season No. 2 in the final Alabama Sports Writers Association poll, quickly jumped ahead in Thursday’s area finale.
Anslee Osborne and Martin scored on a throwing error by the Hornets shortstop.
The 2-0 lead was halved by Beauregard in the top of the third.
In the fourth and fifth innings, Tallassee distanced itself from Beauregard.
Chloe Baynes, who finished 4-for-4, singled to score Sally Shipman, who had earlier reached on a double in the fourth inning. Lexi Love doubled then trotted home when Martin was issued a bases-loaded free pass by Henson, prompting a Hornets pitching change.
Leading 4-1, the Tigers put the game away in the sixth with a five-run rally.