Cassandra McKinney

East Limestone’s Cassandra McKinney gets instructions from the first-base coach during an elimination game against Madison County Friday. East won the game 3-0 to clench a spot in the playoffs.

The rain canceled several games in various area softball tournaments Friday, but it could not keep three county teams from securing a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

Ardmore, East Limestone and West Limestone were all guaranteed a spot in the substate round before the rains began to fall about 6 p.m. Friday. Ardmore and East are both members of Class 4A, Area 14. They were getting ready to play each other to determine which team would be area champions and which team would be runner up when the rain began. As of press time the game had not started.

The tournament began Thursday with East defeating Madison County. The Indians advanced to play Ardmore, but lost to the Lady Tigers to set up Friday’s rematch with Madison County. East won 3-0 to reach the finals against Ardmore.

With the win, Ardmore secured its spot in the area finals. A team must reach its area final to move on to the substate round. If East wins the first finals game, it will force a winner-take-all game for the area title.

West also secured its place in the substate round Thursday. The Lady Cats put together an impressive run in their first two games of the 3A, Area 15 Tournament. They defeated Clements and Elkmont to reach the finals. West dominated the games, shutting out both opponents, and out hitting them 19-4, in the process.

“I was real nervous,” said West coach Jordan Paul. “It is still trying to sink in. We have a tough challenge in this area, we can’t take anything for granted.”

The Lauderdale County-Clements game was suspended in the fourth inning and will resume Today at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will play Elkmont at 2 p.m. with the winner advancing to the finals, which are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.



East Limestone 3,

Madison County 0

The Indians defeated Madison County for the second time in as many days Friday. The 3-0 win clenched them a spot in the substate round of the playoffs Tuesday.

The game was scoreless with two outs in the bottom of the third inning before East began a rally. Morgan Franks got the offense rolling, reaching base on a throwing error by the third baseman. The next batter singled to right to give the Indians a pair of base runners.

Cassandra McKinney proved to be the hero as she doubled to clear the bases and put east ahead 2-0.

“I knew it needed to be done, so I decided to be a leader and get it done,” said McKinney. “I just waited for a pitch to hit.”

Pitcher Kayla Sneed led off the fourth with a double and would score on a Jyssica Pepper single.

Sneed pitched seven innings, allowing two hits, striking out five to earn the win.

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