Goshen, Zion Chapel pick up wins on day one of AHSAA Regional

Published 10:19 pm Friday, May 9, 2014

Goshen and Zion Chapel had to wait all day to get the opportunity to play in the AHSAA Regional at the Troy Sportsplex, and when the time came for it to happen, they had to wait a little longer.

Just as the two 5 p.m. games were getting down to business, a lightning delay brought a halt to the proceedings.

The delay didn’t derail either team, as Goshen rolled past Reeltown 14-1 and Zion Chapel rallied late to knock off Prattville Christian 7-5 in the opening round.

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Goshen 14, Reeltown 1: After falling behind 1-0 early, the Goshen Lady Eagles went to work and quickly took the lead and never looked back.

Goshen strung together hit after hit in the first and second innings to jump to a big lead, and were able to cruise to the opening round win.

Lady Eagle head coach Amy Warrick said the team has worked on hitting quite a bit throughout the recent weeks.

“We all have blisters on our hands because we have hit so much the last few weeks,” Warrick said. “We work to make each part our game better and the bats really came alive tonight.”

While some might think the Regional, with a state tournament spot on the line, would be a tense, pressure-packed situation, but Warrick said her team is as relaxed as they have been all year long.

“This crazy bunch of girls doesn’t get caught up in things,” said Warrick. “We aren’t getting to over excited about it, but we are very appreciative to be here and have the chance to play. You just have to have fun doing it.”

Zion Chapel 7, PCA 5: Zion Chapel scored three runs in the top of the seventh to down Prattville Christian in the first round. The Lady Rebels took the lead on a hard ground ball off the bat of Faith Dewberry.

The ball was mishandled by the PCA second baseman and Zion Chapel’s Shelby Sorrels and Ivie Sanders scored on the play.

“Our week of practice and hard work paid off,” said Zion Chapel head coach Chelsi Jones. “The girls really want this. We are not leaving here without going to Montgomery. That is our goal.”

As of press time, Goshen and Zion Chapel were awaiting second games on the opening night of the tournament.

For wrap-ups from the late games, check out www.troymessenger.com.