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Beulah scores late, holds off Mobile Christian to advance

Beulah HS

Photos and Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

CHOCCOLOCCO PARK — Saturday’s loss, in the Final Four of the 3A Championship softball tournament at Oxford, is just a temporary setback for a team primed to make a trip to Choccolocco Park part of their scheduling process. 

Beulah has no seniors and only two juniors. So the future of the program is now and that’s something coach Stan Pepper is excited about. 

Pepper: “We’ve got everybody coming back. We’ve got some young girls coming up that were in the middle school last year that I expect to help us out. We’ve got a bright future ahead of us. We are set up for the next two or three years.”

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The Beulah High Bobcats – moments after dropping a 2-0 decision to Prattville Christian – took the field and hopped right into another catfight. This time, though, the Bobcats were the victors, bouncing fifth-ranked Mobile Christian from the competition and advancing to a Saturday morning showdown with Houston Academy. Katie Morris picked up the complete game win, working a full seven-innings of tightly contested shutout softball. Savanna Clements connected on a Leopard’s offering and drove it into the outfield scoring Abrianna Green and putting the Bobcats up 1-0. 

Mobile Christian put a baserunner on, but were unable to push her home as the Bobcats defense held and ended the game with a putout throw from short to first. 

The win moved Beulah one step closer to the championship as one of the Final Four 3A softball teams playing softball on the last day.

Pepper: “I’m proud of the way we hung in there. Unless it’s a fluke when you do things like this (advance and compete in the state tournament) you expect more and more and more. Next year we expect to be in the finals and to win it. We know the way to Oxford now; we know where to eat and where to stay. It’s going to be old habit.

The Saturday morning rematch with Houston Academy didn’t go as planned, though. The Raiders caged the Bobcats in the fourth, plating seven on the way to a 11-2 loss, ending their run.

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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