Softball playoffs: Pleasant Valley wins Area 11; Piedmont also bound for regional

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May 8—PLEASANT VALLEY — Madison Borders allowed one earned run and no walks to get the win, and Pleasant Valley's softball team beat Piedmont 7-4 in Saturday's 3A, Area 11 championship game.

Both teams advanced to next week's East Central Regional at Montgomery's Lagoon Park. Pleasant Valley (33-13) will play Area 12 runner-up Glencoe on Friday at 9 a.m. Piedmont will play Area 12 champion Geraldine on Friday at 9 a,m.

Borders worked all seven innings Saturday, spreading out 10 hits with no walks.

Tournament most valuable player Leah Patterson had the day off in the circle but churned out three hits, as did Lily Henry and Ava Boozer. Henry had a double, drove in two runs and scored three, and Boozer had an RBI.

Morgan Blohm hit a triple and drove in two runs.

Piedmont's Reese Franklin had a solo home run among her two hits, and Cayla Brothers hit two doubles. Jenna Calvert doubled and drove in a run.

All-tournament team

MVP: Leah Patterson, Pleasant Valley

Also from Pleasant Valley: Borders, Rylee Haynes, Henry, Blohm.

From Piedmont: Savannah Smith, Brothers, Grace Epperson and Franklin.

From Ohatchee: Anna Bryant, Kylee Barnes, Hannah Fitch.

From Weaver: Sydney Bitzer, Kynlee Fulmer.

Piedmont advances: The Bulldogs reached the area final by beating Weaver 13-1 on Thursday and Ohatchee 9-6 on Friday.

Epperson homered twice and hit a double against Ohatchee, going 3-for-3 with two runs and five RBIs. Franklin doubled while going 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Brothers also drove in a run.

Farmer pitched the first four innings and Smith the final three. They combined to allow 14 hits but four earned runs with five strikeouts and no walks.

Hannah Fitch and Abbi Whitehead led Ohatchee with three hits and one RBI apiece, and Bryant went 2-for-4 with two runs. Fitch, Whitehead, Bryant and Kylee Barnes each hit a double.

Against Weaver, Farmer pitched all five innings, allowing five hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts and one walk.

Epperson homered and doubled and drove in four runs, and Farmer homered while going 2-for-2 and driving in three runs.

Z'Hayla Walker went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Smith and Brothers each hit a double.

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