Wayne County ends Lady Panthers season
The Brookhaven Lady Panthers saw their hopes of making a run in the Class 5A/6A state softball playoffs come to an end Tuesday night as it took all three game before the Wayne County Lady War Eagles could knock off the Lady Panthers in the opening round of the playoffs.
The War Eagles won the opening contest 10-9. Ole Brook blasted Wayne County 12-0 to tie the series in Game Two. In the finale, Wayne County eliminated the Lady Panthers 14-4 to advance to the second round.
“I am extremely proud of my girls,” said BHS coach Mandy Vinson. They have worked hard all season long to get better as a team. This was a tough ending for seniors to tonight. They did a great job stepping up and show great leadership to lead the team. They will be truly missed next year.”
The Lady Panthers conclude their season with a 16-14 worksheet, but finished a perfect 10-0 in division action to win their second straight region crown.
Wayne Co. 10, Brookhaven 9
In the Game One, both teams came out ready to play as they gave their fans an exciting offensive ball game that went down to the final at bat.
In the first three innings of action, the Lady Eagles stormed out an early 5-1, before Ole Brook rallied back to tied the game at 5-all by the fourth inning.
Wayne County reclaimed a 5-point lead in the fifth, but Brookhaven continued battle to fight as they score two run in the bottom of the fifth and two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The Lady Panthers had a shot to win the contest as they cut down Wayne County’s lead in the seventh but just fell short at the end with the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate.
Brooke Smith was the winning pitcher for the Lady War Eagles with one strikeout and one walk.
Rileigh Allen suffered the setback with two strikeouts and four walks.
Katherine Shell powered the Lady Panthers offense with two home runs and a single. Jada Henderson provided a home run and two singles. Fallon Brooks and Danielle Batteast contributed a home run each. Julianna Porter and Allen ripped a pair of singles.
Haley Clark was the top hitter for Wayne County’s offense with a home run and a double. Meleah Smith, Cassidy Beasley, Molly Singleterry and Brooke Smith provided a pair of singles apiece. Alyssa Singleterry had a single.
Brookhaven 12, Wayne Co. 0
In Game Two, the Lady Panthers came out quickly set the tone of the contest as they thumped the Lady Eagles in five innings of work.
Allen tossed the win for Ole Brook with no strikeouts and two walks.
Smith took the loss for Wayne County with no strikeouts and five walks.
Shell directed Ole Brook’s charge as the plate with a home run. Allen provided a double and a single. Brooks had two singles. Batteast ripped a double. Hitting safely was Kat Wallace, Tia Bussey, Chantel Quarles and Henderson.
Ashtin Beasley and Clark paced the Lady War Eagles offense with a single each.
Wayne Co. 14, Brookhaven 4
Both teams continued to battle strong in the third game as the contest was tied at 1-all until the fourth inning when Wayne County exploded with a 10-run jolt.. Both teams traded three runs apiece in the fifth inning.
Smith pitched the win for the Lady War Eagles with no strikeouts and six walks.
Allen absorbed the setback for Ole Brook with no strikeouts and five walks.
Cheyenne Motley paced Brookhaven’s offense with a home run. Hitting safely was Wallace, Brooks, Batteast, Bussey and Allen.
Hannah Hoze and Chantice Watts powered Wayne County’s offense with a home run and a single apiece. Molly Singleterry, Cassidy Beasley and Smith contributed a home run apiece. Kilah Dearman provide four singles. Alyssa Singleterry, Ashtin Beasley and Meleah Smith hit safely.