The sixth-ranked Lady Wildcats pitcher Anna Snider did it all for White Plains, throwing a three-hitter on the mound and also hitting a game-winning, two-run home run in the sixth inning.
“I could go on and on about Anna,” White Plains coach Rachel Ford said. “She had the game of the year today, shutting them down on the mound and obviously the huge hit. I’ll always remember it.”
Following a single by Morgan Cobb to start the sixth, Snider’s home run traveled over the center-field fence and would be all the run support she would need.
“I was really just trying to not overthink it. Taylor (West) did a really good job in the last at-bat and struck me out looking and I had to whip that last at-bat clean,” Snider said. “Whenever I hit it, I thought it had a chance, but when I looked back I thought it was gone.
“It just all happened so fast.”
Seventh-ranked Saks will play against at 3:30 against the winner of No. 3 Glencoe and No. 10 Leeds, which is scheduled to start at 12:30. The winner of the 3:30 game will advance to the state tournament in Montgomery.
“I think we just need to play the exact same way,” Saks coach Michelle Lively said. “We just have to keep hitting the ball and make them make plays.”
No. 4 Ragland 18, Fayetteville 6, five innings — The Purple Devils had little trouble sweeping its third opponent in the South Central Regional to advance to next week’s State Softball Tournament.
After leading 4-3 following the first inning, Ragland blew the game open with nine runs in the second and added two runs in the third, behind the hitting of Kailey Echols and Lexi Goodwin, who both had three hits.
Fayetteville attempted to make several comebacks, which only extended the game two innings. Leah Byers, Makenley Oliver and Carley Echols each had two hits in the win.
Billingsley 6, Faith Christian 5 — The Lady Lions struggled in the later innings after picking up a large lead early, mostly behind the hitting of Peyton Camp, who recorded three hits and two runs.
Faith scored two in the top of the first and added three more in the fourth to break a tie and take a 5-2 lead. However, Billingsley responded with its back against the wall, scoring four runs on two hits.
Faith received multi-hit games from Madelyn Adams and Alexis Rogers. Adams also scored twice.
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