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Softball rivals tangle as regular season draws to a close

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Brian Tannehill | Director of Photography

TALLASSEE — The Elmore County High Panthers, No. 3 for most of the season following an 8-0 loss to Tallassee much earlier in the year, got a measure of revenge Tuesday night unseating the homesteading No. 2 Tigers 7-5 in front of a packed house and a YouTube live crowd. 

“I thought it was a great atmosphere between two good teams,” said Mark Segrest, coach of the visiting Panthers. “It was a cleanly played game and I think both teams got better last night, which was the main goal with our area tournaments coming up.”

Both the Panthers and the Tigers are champions of their respective areas and will host tournaments next week. 

With the game gridlocked at 1-1 after runs by Chloe Baynes and Ashtyn Pannell, the Panthers broke the game open with a five-run third fueled by a three-run Madelyn Becker bomb. 

Becker’s blast plated Kelley Green and AC Segrest and pushed the Panthers up 4-1. 

A few batters later, the Panthers plated another run with Emma Brown lacing a single fielded by Baynes in the outfield that drove home Madison Britt. 

Maci Curlee kept the train rolling, thumping a grounder through the infield that scored Pannell and put Elmore County up 6-1. 

It took a couple of innings to regain their footing, but once they did, Tallassee scored runs in bunches. In the fifth Belle Haynes singled to score Baynes and cut the Eclectic lead to four runs. Chloe Davidson, a few batters later, smashed a drive to center that pushed Haynes and Lexie Love home moving the mark to 6-4. 

Segrest: “Tallassee is a well-coached team and playing them benefits us; win or lose.”

Tallassee went on to load the bases, but was unable to take advantage of the situation grounding out to end the inning. 

Britt, in the seventh, turned on a pitch and drove it to almost the baseball Tigers dugout for the seventh Elmore County run. 

The Tigers were unable to answer, dropping the game 7-5. 

Baynes was the top Tiger, finishing the night 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Davidson finished the night with three RBIs.

From Tallassee Coach Pat Love “It was a great game with a regional atmosphere. Elmore Co played well.  They are an extremely good team and well coached. Great test for us. Last night they hit the ball better than us and that was the difference in the game.”

Pannell, Curlee, Becker and Green were the top Panthers hitters. 

Curlee worked a complete game for Elmore County, picking up the win. Alexis Walls got the start for Tallassee, but Davidson worked the final five innings, taking the loss. 

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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