By: Larry W. Walthall
GAME 1/ May 11, 2017
The Charleston Lady Tigers traveled to Harrison, Arkansas where they would play Genoa Central from Texarkana, Arkansas. The weather kept everyone guessing when anyone in this State Tournament would play. Originally the schedule showed the Lady Tigers would play in the first round on the 11th at 12:30 PM. Do to what I call a Tropical downpour the game was delayed until 5PM.
The Lady Tigers still had their thoughts and prayers for “PLAY 4 CLAY’.
All eyes were on the starting lineup for Charleston. Catcher Stormy French stayed out of the last Regional game where she had injured her leg and had been on crutches. The doctor told her she might be able to play in the state game if she rested her leg. The word got out pretty fast that Stormy would be taking the field. The next question was would Lacey McKenzie’s arm hold up after as she had to pitch out of rotation in Regional. Stormy was the original pitcher but with her hurt Lacey was going to have to pitch the 2nd regional game also. So coming to the State Championship would Lacey’s arm hold up?
The game started and both sides played excellent defensive ball up through the 6th inning. The Lady Tigers only had 3 hits but were able to score 2 runs. Charleston’s Lady Tigers were able to hold off Genoa Central allowing only 1 hit throughout the rest of the game. Lacey McKenzie pitched a shut out game and had 9 strikeouts. What about Stormy French? She played the entire game and had many good stops behind the plate.
Charleston Lady Tigers move on to the 2nd round and would be facing Glen Rose out of Malvern, Arkansas the next day. Glen Rose had won their first state game 16 to2 invoking the mercy rule. Time to play was TBA as weather had changed up all the starting times.
GAME 2/ May 12, 2017
Lady Tigers scheduled for a 12PM start finally take to the field at 2:30 to face Glen Rose.
Glen Rose won by the mercy rule yesterday but they picked up where they had left off. With a super offense and a highly skilled defense Glen Rose just kept putting players on bases at the right time with the right situations. Lacey McKenzie was pitching again and doing a fine job. Stormy French was behind the plate and playing one of her better games, even with an injured leg. The Lady Tigers just couldn’t put enough together and fell to Glen Rose 9 to 3.
This young Lady Tiger softball team had only 1 senior graduate, Abby Jones. So be ready for next seasons to see them at the top of the 3A District. You had a good year Lady Tigers. CONGRATULATIONS!