PCA’s season ends at South State tourney

Published 12:32 am Sunday, September 21, 2014

Porters Chapel Academy had a highly successful regular season.

The postseason was a different matter.

The Lady Eagles were swept out of the MAIS Class A South State tournament on Saturday, losing 8-1 to Sylva-Bay and 3-1 to Union Christian.

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PCA, which won the District 5-A championship, fell behind 6-1 after two innings against Sylva-Bay, and never let itself get back in the game.

The Lady Eagles outhit Sylva-Bay, but left eight runners on base. Their only run came on Karley Hinson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning.

Bailey Gilbert went 2-for-3 for Sylva-Bay.

The loss to Sylva-Bay dropped PCA (10-12) into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, and into an elimination game with Union Christian. It didn’t go any better.

PCA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Hinson doubled and courtesy runner Rhegan Smith came around on a pair of wild pitches. Union Christian answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, however, and held on for the 3-1 win that ended PCA’s season.

Hinson finished 2-for-4 against Union Christian, and Anna Beth Miller had three hits on the day for PCA.