Sportxplex has action-packed weekend of softball

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 3, 2005

The Troy Debs are headed back to Montgomery and the state tournament on July 15.

Autumn Welch, Allie Park and Gena Barbaree combined on a three-hitter in a 15-1 victory that completed a two-game sweep in the best-of-3 series.

Troy won the first game Friday night 12-2. It became a series when no other teams entered the double-elimination tournament.

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Elba and Troy, which is largely comprised of Charles Henderson, Pike Liberal and Dixie Academy players, were tied 1-1 after three innings. But Troy started to break it open in the fourth.

Heather Snell, Barbaree and Rachel Watson scored runs in the fourth. Snell finished with four runs scored. Park scored three runs in the victory.

Malerie Sanders and Autumn Welch scored two runs each and Barbaree, Watson and Jehle Flowers added another run.

Troy extended its lead with three in the fifth, three in the sixth and five runs in the seventh.

In the other District Tournament games at the Troy Sportsplex:


Troy's Belles stayed alive in the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Luverne in an elimination game. Troy lost its opener against Dothan, 7-0, on Friday night.

Luverne took a 1-0 lead early before Troy's bats stirred.

In fact, it was 1-0 going to the fifth inning. Brooke Sessions reached on a single and Kristen Carlisle advanced her to third with a base hit. Carrie Little then tied the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Sessions.

Troy won the game with a big hit in the sixth. Allison Holland reached on a fielder's choice and Julie Money reached on a single. Meaghan Ellis followed with a two-run double that sent Troy into a game Monday night between the loser of the Dothan-Eufaula game. The winner of that game will be into the finals on Tuesday.

Eufaula had defeated Luverne 6-2 on Friday night.

At press time, Dothan was leading Eufaula 1-0.


Eufaula and Dothan were playing in the winners' bracket final at press time.

Eufaula won the game of the tournament so far - a 4-3 victory in nine innings over Enterprise - just to get into that contest.

Enterprise's Jostlyn Higgerson scored the tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth after regulation six innings ended 2-2.

But Eufaula scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to steal the victory. Jessica Bridges and Logan Adams scored runs and Merritt Waddell had the game-winning hit for Eufaula.

Troy's Ponytails team was eliminated on Saturday. Troy lost its opener 5-3, to Dothan on Friday night. Andalusia then knocked out Troy 9-2 on Saturday.

Andalusia, which lost to Eufaula 8-1 in Friday's opening game, didn't have time to celebrate its win over Troy. Enterprise, the hard-luck loser to Eufaula, then edged Andalusia 2-1 in an elimination game.

Enterprise, Eufaula and Dothan are the three remaining teams in the tournament.


Enterprise and Dothan were playing at press time in the winners' bracket final.

The loser of that game will play Andalusia on Monday at 6 p.m.

In an elimination game, Andalusia edged Troy 8-6 on Saturday night.

In Friday night's openers, Troy lost to Dothan and Enterprise defeated Andalusia.

That set up the Andalusia-Troy game in the losers' bracket.

Troy's Sidney Sullivan and Madison Mehaffey scored in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 lead.

Andalusia answered in the top of the second when Emily Byrd and Emily Anderson scored runs.

They scored again, along with teammate Maggie Lambert, to take a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning.

Allie Ellis scored for Troy in the bottom of the inning, cutting the deficit to 5-3.

Troy then held Andalusia scoreless in the fifth and rallied to take a 6-5 lead into the sixth inning. Katelyn Grantham or Mary Jordan, Sullivan and Jessica Wilkes scored in that three-run fifth inning for Troy. Rachel Senn's big hit tied the game at 5-all. Ellis singled in the go-ahead run that made it 6-5, Troy.

But Byrd, Rachel Edson and Lambert all scored runs for Andalusia in the top of the sixth to re-take the lead at 8-6. Troy didn't score in the bottom of the inning to end the game.