The No. 7 Lady Trojans (23-6) got single runs in the first and third innings to go up 2-0, but No. 5 Columbus (24-4-1) put up a three-spot in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good. The Lady Blue Devils added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Carrollton got one run back in the bottom of the frame, but would pull no closer.
Alexis Jones got the win in the circle for Columbus, while Randi Phillips took the loss for the Lady Trojans. Columbus got just four hits in the game, but Carrollton made three errors in the field.
Carrollton, which has already clinched a Class AAAA state playoff berth, returns to action today at 4 p.m. against Troup in an elimination game and will try to fight its way out of the loser’s bracket as it still has a shot to win the region tournament crown.
Lady Trojan coach Lisa Phillips could not be reached for comment as of press time Tuesday evening.
Region 6-A Tournament
The Mt. Zion High School softball team took the first step toward earning a spot in the Class A state playoffs with a 7-0 win against Walker in the first round of the Region 6-A Tournament on Tuesday night in Marietta.
Mt. Zion (16-10) benefited from a strong pitching performance by Madison Logan, who threw a one-hitter in the circle.
After the Lady Eagles scored a run in the first, the game remained 1-0 until MZ put it away with a six-run seventh. Offensively, MZ was led by Jennifer Bagby’s 3-for-3, two-run perfromance.
In the second round, the Lady Eagles will face top-ranked and two-time defending state champions Gordon Lee. In the two meetings against the Lady Trojans during the regular season, MZ lost 7-0 and 4-3, giving Millie Grimes’ squad some confidence going into the game.
“It feels good to get that first one. Yeah, it’s still a long way to go, but once you get that win you feel ready for the next test. You’d hate getting in that loser’s bracket from the start. We’ve got Gordon Lee [today], and that will be a true test. And if we play good, I think we can hang with them. The [last] time we played them it was a one-run game,” Grimes said.
Region 4-AAA Tournament
The Central High School softball team had its opening-round game with Jackson, Atlanta pushed back another day, as the No. 6 Lady Lions (20-7) will host the Lady Jaguars today at 4 p.m. in the first of three games at Central.
The other three opening-round games in the region tournament were played at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, with top-seeded Chapel Hill knocking off Haralson County, 8-0, while Callaway topped Coretta Scott King, 17-0, and Rockmart upended Douglass, 15-0.
Following today’s 4 p.m. contest at Central, Coretta Scott King will face the loser of the Centra/Jackson contest in an elimination game, while the winner will play Callaway tonight at 8.
The Rebelettes (6-19) play Douglass in an elimination game at Chapel Hill today.
In Haralson’s 8-0 loss to the Lady Panthers, Cassidy Salyers had the team’s only hit — a leadoff single in the sixth inning. Chapel Hill sophomore hurler Darby Demarest struck out 16 batters to earn the victory.
As far as the tournament schedule beyond today’s action, Central coach Jimmy LeBlanc said the rest of the week is still up in the air as to how it will play out.
“We’re probably going to wind up playing four games on Thursday,” LeBlanc said.