TRM softball goes 2-2 in area tourney in Opp
From staff reports
The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers recently went 2-2 the class 3A area 2 softball tournament Thursday in Opp to finish as area runner-up.
The Lady Tigers defeated Hillcrest 11-1 in five innings in their first game of the day, but fell to Opp 3-0 in their winner’s bracket game.
Facing off against Hillcrest in the loser’s bracket, the Lady Tigers won 15-0 in four innings to eliminate the Lady Jaguars. The win also clinched a spot in the South Regionals in Gulf Shores and clinched a spot in the area championship game against Opp.
Facing off against Opp, and needing two wins for the championship, the Lady Tigers suffered a 10-0 loss in six innings to face as the runner-up.
The 2-2 record in the tournament moved TRM to 16-8-2 overall.
TRM Lady Tigers head coach Greg White said he thought his team played well defensively and pitched well for the better part of the day Thursday.
“In the two games against Opp we just couldn’t score any runs,” White said. “In the first game against Opp we had several chances to put runs on the board, but we couldn’t get that hit when we needed it and we lost 3-0.”
White said in the championship game against Opp, his team did nothing with the bat in our hand.
“Our defense kept us in the game for a while but we just couldn’t get it done offensively,” he said. “Opp is a very good team and they just did a better job of hitting than we did.”
Game one: TRM 11, Hillcrest 1 (5 innings)
In game one against Hillcrest, TRM pounded out 12 hits in an 11-1 win.
Steely Ruzic led with three hits and one RBI while Krystal Bell and Mary Madison Brown had two hits each.
Mallori Floyd, Taylor Austin, Leslie Holmes, Anna Grace White and Madison Douglas all had one hit each. Bell and Holmes had a double each in the win.
Brown led with two RBIs while Floyd, Myra Reiss, Bell, White and Douglas had one each.
Ruzic pitched in the win and allowed three hits, one earned run, walked four, struck out seven, and hit one batter in five innings of work.
Game two: Opp 3, TRM 0
In game two, Opp scored three runs over the first two innings and held TRM scoreless to get the 3-0 win.
Leslie Holmes led with two hits while Mallori Floyd and Taylor Austin had one each. Homes had a double in the loss.
Austin took the pitching loss as she went all six innings and allowed eight hits, three runs, one earned, walked one, and struck out four.
Game three: TRM 15, Hillcrest 0 (4 innings)
Leading 3-0 after one inning, TRM plated three more in the third and nine in the fourth to cruise to a 15-0 win over Hillcrest in four innings in an elimination game.
Steely Ruzic and Brown led with three hits each, Ruzic had one RBI while Brown led with three RBIs in the win.
Floyd and Reiss had two hits each and two RBIs each while Douglas and Amelia Peach had one hit each. White added one RBI for TRM.
In the pitching circle, Ruzic went all four innings to get the win. She allowed four hits, no runs, walked one and struck out four.
Game four: Opp 10, TRM 0 (6 innings)
Opp’s Courtney Chatham pitched a perfect game in the championship game as the Lady Bobcats defeated TRM 10-0.
No other stats or game information was known as of press time.
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