Top-seeded and regular-season champion Eastside (14-6) advanced to the title game with a 11-2 win over Rye Cove (8-13), while second-seeded Twin Springs took an 11-1 win over J.I. Burton (11-11) in the tournament semifinals Wednesday at McConnell Stadium.
Burton and Rye Cove will meet in the tournament’s consolation game Thursday at 5 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Region 1D tournament as the Cumberland’s third seed.
Eastside and Twin Springs will follow the consolation contest in the 7 p.m. title tilt.
Both Eastside and Twin Springs have qualified for the regional tournament next week.
POWER ON THE MOUND
Twin Springs’ junior Aubrey Powers (12-7) tossed a two-hitter in the Lady Titans’ win over Burton. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Powers gave up one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and four walks in recording the win for Twin Springs (14-7).
“The ball had a little bit of movement on it today, and that’s always good,” said Powers.
The junior pitcher got plenty of help from her offense and added some punch of her own with the bat. Powers finished 3-for-3 at the plate.
The Lady Titans scored in every inning but the second.
Chenoa Dean finished 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the fourth and three RBIs.
Twin Springs coach Tim Lawson said his team started out a little sluggish but got the bats going to put the game away.
“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be when we first came out, but I think we got over that pretty quickly,” Lawson said. “I think we’re ready for tomorrow.”
In Wednesday’s other semifinal contest, Eastside and Rye Cove were scoreless through the first three innings.
Rye Cove took the lead in the top of the fourth when the Lady Eagles’ Madison Miller, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI, singled and then moved to second on a single from Kayla Jessee.
Two outs later, Kara Smith singled to score Miller and put Rye Cove up 1-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Eastside responded in a big way.
The Lady Spartans scored eight runs on four hits and four Rye Cove errors to build an 8-1 advantage.
“We just got on a roll, and once we got some momentum it started carrying forward, and that’s usually the way it goes,” said Eastside coach Suzi Atwood.
Rye Cove scored another run in the fifth inning when Ashley Smith singled and later scored on a two-out single from Miller.
Eastside added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
Eastside’s Carrie Boyd finished 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs, while Cloey Bailey was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Maggie Odle finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Kacie Jones was 2-for-3, and Anna Whited finished 2-for-4 for the Lady Spartans.