Chilton County softball playoffs recap
By ZACHARY SEIFTER/ Staff Writer
The playoffs got started last week for high school softball teams in the state of Alabama, with each team playing in Area Tournaments. The top two teams from each area moved on to the Regional Tournaments that will be help from May 12-15.
Five of the six schools in Chilton County will be present at one of the Regional Tournaments in Tuscaloosa this week thanks to their performances in the area tournaments. Here is how each team fared in its tournament:
Chilton County High School kicked things off for Chilton County Schools on May 5. They competed in the 6A Area 6 Tournament, splitting the four games they played with two wins and two losses. The two wins, a 13-8 victory over Calera High School and a 13-3 win over Pelham High School, were enough to get CCHS the Regional Tournament. Also making it in the area was Helena High School who went undefeated in the Area Tournament. Helena defeated CCHS twice by scores of 3-1 and 13-1. The Lady Tigers will face Wetumpka High School in its first game of the Regional Tournament on May 12.
May 6 was filled with action from all of the Chilton County teams. Every team except Thorsby High School and Isabella High School competed.
Verbena High School had an easy time in its Area Tournament. The other two competitors, Loachapoka High School and Autaugaville High School, were no match for Verbena. Loachapoka took its first game over Autaugaville by a score of 37-22 only to be blown out 16-0 by Verbena the next game. Loachapoka beat Autaugaville the next game once again, this time by a score of 25-11, only to be beaten by Verbena again by a score of 15-0. Verbena will play Linden High School in its first game of the Regional Tournament on May 12.
Maplesville High School may have had as easy of a time in its tournament as Verbena did. The Red Devils beat Billingsley High School two different times to win the tournament handily. In both games the mercy rule was exercised as Maplesville crushed Billingsley by scores of 10-0 and 18-0. The two wins gave Maplesville the area crown, but both teams advanced to the Regional Tournament as they were the only two teams competing in the Area Tournament. Maplesville will play its first game in the Regional Tournament on May 12 against South Lamar High School.
Jemison High School was the only team in the county to not advance to its Regional Tournament. The Lady Panthers went 1-2 in its three games in the Area Tournament, managing just one run in the three games. Jemison kicked the tournament off with a 10-0 loss at the hands of Marbury High School, sending the Lady Panthers to the loser’s bracket. In their next game, Jemison beat Holtville High School 1-0 to keep its season alive. However, the Lady Panthers lost to Elmore County High School 10-0 in their next game, eliminating them from the Area Tournament.
Thorsby High School and Isabella High School capped off the action on May 7 in their 2A Area 6 Tournament. The Lady Rebels beat Isabella both times handily, winning the first game by a score of 6-2 and the second game by a score of 21-13. The wins gave Thorsby the area crown, but both teams advanced to the Regional Tournament as they were the only teams in their area competing in the Area Tournament. Thorsby will take on Highland Home High School on May 13 to begin the Regional Tournament while Isabella will face off against Luverne High School on the same day.