The Pike County High School softball Lady Pirates are the 2-AAA Region Champions after finishing the regular season 17-4 overall and 13-1 in the region.
Due to excessive rainfall and inclement weather, the regular season records were used for state seeding and the Lady Pirates will host the first round of state playoffs Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Lady Pirate Field.
“We will play on Oct. 13 and we have requested that game 1 start at 3 p.m. since we are out of school and game 2 would be 30 minutes after game 1. It is looking like we will play Burke Co. the 4-seed out of region 4,” said head softball coach Kevin Mobley. “As long as we win, we will host the first two rounds of the state playoffs at Lady Pirate Field. This team has scored a lot of runs on the season and is fun to watch play. We have averaged right at 11 runs a game in region play. We have four pitchers with 20 or more innings pitched on the season who we feel can go out and win games for us. We need folks to come out and support these girls throughout this playoff run.”
In the last game of the regular season, the Lady Pirates grabbed a sixth-inning lead over Upson-Lee and earned the 8-7 victory. The Knights scored four runs in the first and one in the second but the Lady Pirates came back and scored five runs of their own in the third inning to tie it up. They added two runs in the fourth but Upson-Lee tied it up again in the top of the sixth when Alana Crenshaw singled, driving in Emma Smith who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. Crenshaw went 3-for-4 at the plate. Faith Stowers earned the win for the Lady Pirates as she pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four.
“The strengths of this team include senior leadership with nine seniors, our ability to score runs, defense and the ability of our pitchers to make big pitches when needed,” said coach Mobley. “Any time you face a quality arm you have the chance of being shut down. In our region, the majority of the teams at the top of our standings have a couple of real good arms. You have to find ways to push runs across any way possible and that can be a challenge at times. Jackson has two of the best arms in the state so that was two tough games we had to find a way to manufacture some runs because you will not stand in there and just bully ball your way to wins. Also, during this time you have to stay clear of any sickness that could derail your season.”