After a thrilling four-day run to an Ohio Valley Conference championship and a nail-biting loss to defending national champion Alabama, maybe Jacksonville State didn't have anything left. The Gamecocks' run in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional ended quickly and decisively Saturday afternoon, falling 8-0 to South Carolina-Upstate in an elimination game.
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Although White Plains was able to overcome its mental mistakes against second-ranked Good Hope to pick up a win over Straughn on Friday afternoon in the first round of the elimination bracket of the Class 3A state tournament, it was unable to overcome similar mistakes against seventh-ranked Saks on Saturday morning, falling 7-2.
Taylor West’s last pitch for Saks High School didn’t close out another state championship. It didn’t even happen on a softball diamond.
It came minutes after seventh-ranked Saks committed nine errors in losing 6-0 to No. 5 Winfield in a state-tournament elimination game Saturday at Lagoon Park. This time, she spoke with her voice and not her right arm.
After making her way to the team huddle, with her left shoe on and right shoe off, she threw her team a riser.
“You all need to keep your heads up,” the senior told her now former teammates, piercing an awkward silence. “Nobody expected us to even be here.”
Saks came out swinging the bats early and put pressure on White Plains, and three early errors helped Saks eliminate the Wildcats 7-2 in Saturday’s early action in the state softball tournament.
Seventh-ranked Saks (33-15-1), the defending Class 3A champion, will play Winfield in a noon elimination game on Lagoon Park’s Field 5. No. 6 White Plains finished its season 33-15.
The second time playing in the Calhoun County Gridiron Showcase was much more forgiving for Ohatchee head coach Nathan Wehunt.
Last year, he took the head coaching job days before the spring game.
This year, his Ohatchee Indians were able to pull out a 20-7 win over the Pleasant Valley Raiders before the scoreboard was wiped clean for the junior varsity in the fourth quarter. At the sound of the final buzzer, the Ohatchee junior varsity team was up 8-0 over Pleasant Valley’s junior varsity team.
Because of the way the schedule fell, a lot of people with the Jacksonville State baseball team might have had hopes for a leisurely Saturday afternoon.
It ain’t gonna happen now.
After splitting their season-ending doubleheader with Morehead State Friday, the Gamecocks will be spending much of today waiting out the other league scores to learn their OVC Tournament fate.
In the opening round of the NCAA's Tuscaloosa Regional, Jacksonville State fell to Alabama 4-0 for the 11th time in 11 all-time meetings. Alabama (43-13) will face Western Kentucky (42-16) in the winners' bracket final today at 1 p.m. JSU (30-26) will face South Carolina-Upstate (41-11) in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. The winner will meet the Alabama/WKU loser at 6 p.m.