Alabama Christian 10, W.S. Neal 0 (5)
GULF SHORES – Haley Pittman pitched a no-hitter and struck out 12 to lead ACA to a run-rule victory over W.S. Neal in the opening round of the South Regional at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex on Thursday.
The junior left hander pitched her fifth no-hitter of the season, allowing just three walks in the five-inning contest. She also went 2 for 2 and drove in three runs at the plate.
Rose Costanza led the Eagles, going 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Haley Ingram, Hayley Cassidy and Baylee Perkins all had two hits.
Alabama Christian 13, Ashford 1 (4)
GULF SHORES – Haley Pittman pitched a one-hitter to lead Alabama Christian to a 13-1 victory over Ashford that was shortened to four innings by the 12-run mercy rule.
Pittman allowed just one unearned run while walking two and striking out eight. At the plate, Baylee Perkins went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Monica Willingham went 2 for 3 and drove in three runs.
ACA (34-12) will face Dale County on Friday, with the winner earning a berth in the state tournament.
Dale County 6, LAMP 2
GULF SHORES – Dale County defeated LAMP 6-2 on Thursday, dropping the Golden Tigers into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination South Regional at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex on Thursday.
LAMP had won its opening round game with a 7-2 win over UMS-Wright on Thursday morning, but struggled in its afternoon meeting with the Warriors. LAMP must win three games on Friday to advance to the state tournament, starting with Clarke County.
Montgomery Academy 5, John Carroll 2
HUNTSVILLE – The Eagles got five goals from five different players to advance to the Class 4A-5A finals on Friday with a 5-2 win over John Carroll in the state semifinals on Thursday.
Mead Robertson, Hayes Jenkins, Tara Katz, Brooke Horne and Kelsey Cox all scored goals to lead the Eagles back to the state finals. Robertson had a pair of assists as well.
The match was deadlocked at 2-2 at halftime with Robertson notching the first goal for Montgomery Academy just six minutes into the match. The Cavaliers (13-4-1) stormed back to take a 2-1 lead on goals by Kennedi Langan and Ruby Thornton, but the Eagles tied the match at 2-2 a minute later thanks to Hayes Jenkins’ goal set up by an assist by Tara Katz. The second half was all MA (21-3-1) with Katz, Horne and Cox netting goals.
MA, making its ninth consecutive trip to Huntsville for the state tournament, will try to win its seventh state championship over that span when the Eagles face Southside-Gadsden on Friday at 5 p.m.
Briarwood Christian 2, Montgomery Academy 1
HUNTSVILLE – Briarwood Christian and Montgomery Academy were deadlocked at the end of regulation, with Briarwood (20-1-3) advancing to the 4A-5A championship round with a 5-3 advantage in penalty kicks.
MA ends the season at 24-6.