PCA bows out in MAIS state softball tournament; Tallulah still alive

Published 6:17 pm Sunday, October 1, 2017

Porter’s Chapel Academy reached the MAIS state softball tournament for the third consecutive season, but had a short stay once again.

The Lady Eagles lost 12-0 to Bayou Academy Saturday in the first round of the double-elimination Class AAA tournament. They were then eliminated with a 7-6 loss to Lee Academy in the losers’ bracket.

PCA has not won in its six state tournament games over the past three seasons.

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PCA only had three hits in the loss to Bayou, and fell behind 10-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Mary Scott Lofton went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Mary Ansley Chrestman had two hits and two RBIs for Bayou, which advanced to the winners’ bracket championship Monday morning against Silliman Institute in Magee.
Porter’s Chapel fared better in its elimination game against Lee Academy, but still came away on the short end when the Fillies rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the fifth inning.

Sydni Moore capped Lee’s comeback with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, ending PCA’s season.

PCA lost despite outhitting Lee 12-7. Annabeth Miller had two hits and scored twice for the Lady Eagles, while Hannah Embry, Sabrina Embry and Kaylee Hinson each drove in two runs.

Hannah Embry went 3-for-3 and and Rheagan Smith had two hits.

In the Class A state tournament, Tallulah Academy advanced to the losers’ bracket final by beating Briarfield Academy in an elimination game. The Lady Trojans will face Marvell Academy Monday at 10 a.m. in Magee, with the winner advancing to play either Claiborne Christian or Humphreys Academy in another elimination game at 2 p.m.

The winner of the second elimination game will face Claiborne or Humphreys in the best-of-three state championship series later in the week at campus sites.

On Saturday, Tallulah beat North Sunflower 22-2 before losing 7-6 to Claiborne in the winners’ bracket. Tallulah then beat Briarfield in the losers’ bracket semifinals.

Summer Fortenberry went 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the win over North Sunflower. Mason Smith was 4-for-4 and scored three runs, while Faith Kivett, Jessi Williams, Cydney Westmoreland, Laurel Holmes and Megan McCormic all had two RBIs apiece.

Smith had two RBIs and scored a run in the loss to Claiborne.