Cherokee County, the state’s third-ranked team, defeated ninth-ranked Ashford 6-1 in the first round before falling to No. 1 Alabama Christian 6-5 in a nine-inning thriller.
Cherokee County (40-10) must fight its way through the losers’ bracket to win the 2010 state title, beginning at 9 a.m. today against Corner. Another loss means the end of the season.
The Warriors pushed top-ranked Alabama Christian to the limit in the second round, tying the contest in the seventh inning on a two-run homer by Deidra Davis after an 11-pitch at bat.
A scoreless eighth led to Cherokee County taking a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth. Darby Rosser’s solo shot gave the Warriors their first lead of the contest since it was 2-1 in the second inning.
But in the bottom of the ninth, Alabama Christian’s Karisa Foye lined an RBI single to score McKenzie Kilpatrick from second to knot the contest at five. Later in the inning with two outs, Shelly Stephan came through with an RBI single to center field, scoring Taylor Mills and sending Alabama Christian into the semifinals today against Ardmore.
Lauren Millsaps pitched all nine innings and suffered the loss for Cherokee County. Foye earned the win for Alabama Christian.
Malorie Rosser led the Warriors at the plate going 3 for 5, while Kaitlyn Griffith, Candace Blanchard and Rosser each went 2 for 4.
Against Ashford, Darbie Rosser hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Warriors the lead. Cherokee County scored four more in the fourth behind a three-run dinger by Griffith and an RBI single by Kristen Abney.
Ashford’s lone run came in the fifth when Lauren Odom hit a solo homer.
Millsaps earned the win. She allowed three hits on 11 strikeouts.