TUSHKA — After a rainy weekend, the Tushka Lady Tigers and the Colbert Lady Leopards resumed regional tournament play on Monday afternoon. The Lady Tigers received a strong outing from starting pitcher Kelsie Chambers and cruised to a 9-0 victory to win the regional tournament championship.
“We played well defensively and hit the ball in key situations,” said Tushka coach David Durbin. “You have to do those things to win ball games.”
The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning. Chambers smacked a leadoff single and then Logan Carbaugh followed with an RBI single to put the Lady Tigers in front. Two more runs scored in the inning on wild throws to make it 3-0.
The Lady Tigers tacked on two more runs in the second and third innings with Lindsey Broughton scoring on a rundown in the second and Courtney Viney scoring on an RBI single from Haley Cops in the third.
With a 5-0 Tushka lead, the Lady Leopards started off the top of the fourth inning with a leadoff walk but were unable to put a run on the board. Tushka right fielder Stormy Siren made a nice diving catch for the first out of the inning.
Chambers retired the next two Colbert batters to end the threat. The Lady Tigers took a commanding lead in the bottom half of the fourth. Kayla Wilhite drove in the sixth Tushka run of the game with an RBI single. Carbaugh followed with an RBI triple for her second hit of game to make it 8-0.
Jordan Weger started off the top of the fifth inning with a single for the Lady Leopards but they were still unable to mount a rally. The Lady Tigers ended the inning with an impressive 6-4-3 double play.
The Lady Tigers added one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI from Jayden Eaves.
With the regional championship in hand, the Lady Tigers now advance to the state tournament where they will play Savannah in the opening round on Thursday.