Lady Dawgs fall short at Leeds

Two innings made all the difference for the Montevallo Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the AHSAA softball playoffs Saturday.

Anna Nix pitched seven scoreless innings against third-ranked Leeds in game one, but a string of hits in the eighth inning gave the Green Wave a 3-0 victory, as they went on to win game two 6-5.

&8220;To play the number three team in the state to an extra inning game and a one run game was something,&8221; Montevallo head coach Ronnie Holsombeck said.

The Lady &8217;Dawgs took an early 3-1 lead in game two, but a no-outs error helped lead to a four-run third inning and give Leeds a 5-3 lead. They later added a run in the fourth.

Brianne Edwards hit a three-run home run to pull Montevallo (24-17) within a run in the fifth, but the Lady &8217;Dawgs were unable to push across a tying run.

&8220;It was a disappointing end, but I couldn&8217;t be happier with the effort,&8221; Holsombeck said.

In other games from staff reports:

-Briarwood wins early, loses series: Briarwood Christian (18-18) posted a 2-0 victory in the first sub-state game last Tuesday, but was stung by the McAdory Yellow Jackets 6-1 and 3-2 to end the season. The Lady Lions took advantage of an unearned run in the first inning and an RBI double by Katherine Mathis to win game one 2-0.

-Pelham swept by Tuscaloosa County: Tuscaloosa County (40-14) dealt Pelham (43-13-1) a one-two blow last Tuesday, losing 1-0 and 4-2 in a best-of-three sub-state series. Trish Zettler struck out five and allowed just two hits in game one, as she held Tuscaloosa County scoreless through six innings of work. However, County took advantage of a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh to score Cat Rice and give pitcher Kelli Hartley a one-hit shutout win.

-Chelsea downed by Ben Russell: Stephanie Marbury kept Benjamin Russell off balanced for the first three innings of game one, before BRHS batted around to score four runs in the fourth inning on its way to a 4-0 victory. Benjamin Russell bounced back to take game two 8-2 and complete a sub-state, first round sweep of Chelsea in the best-of-three series.

The Lady Hornets&8217; only two runs came in the seventh inning of game two.

-Vincent falls in first round: Vincent&8217;s playoff run was brief last Tuesday, as Horseshoe Bend posted an 8-4 victory in game one, followed by a 15-3, five inning victory in game two to win the series