Saturday playoff recap

 County softball teams saw their seasons come to an end on Saturday, falling in games versus Vardaman, Pine Grove and Smithville.

At West Union, the Lady Eagles could not overcome early mishaps, falling 11-6 to Vardaman at home.

The Lady Rams scored five runs in the first inning off hits by Grace Edmondson and Trisha Williams. The Lady Eagles also committed two errors, helping Vardaman.

West Union got one run back in the bottom half of the frame, as an error brought Brittany Taylor in, but Vardaman would take a 10-1 lead in the third before the Lady Eagles scored its next run.

Down 11-2 in the sixth, Julianna Garner brought in two runs for the Lady Eagles off her single and later scored on an error. Hannah McQuary drove in another run, but West Union could not add any more, ending its season after entering the playoffs as the one seed out of Region 2-1A.

Gina Beth Conlee had three hits to lead the Lady Eagles, while Whitley Gee and Edmondson each had three hits for Vardaman.

Also falling in road games on Saturday were Myrtle and Ingomar. After dropping its first game on Friday, both the Lady Hawks and Lady Falcons ended its season with Smithville defeating Myrtle, 9-2, and Pine Grove defeating Ingomar, 7-3.

Ingomar baseball also ended its season against Smithville in game three.

The Seminoles put together five runs off six hits late in the game to pull away for the game three win, 12-4. Ingomar won the first game on Thursday and dropped a 4-3 decision on Friday night. The Falcons end its season at 18-7 and as division champs from Region 2-1A.

The final team playing on Saturday was New Albany, who defeated Kosciusko, 8-7, to advance to next weekend's quarterfinals versus Lafayette.

Riley Alef and Brandon Montgomery each had three hits to lead the Bulldogs' offense, and Mason Maxey had the win on the mound, entering the game in relief of Montgomery, who allowed the Whippets' seven runs.

Tied at seven in the sixth, Easton Hall scored the go-ahead run on an error, and the combined pitching efforts of Maxey and Alef shut down Kosciusko, who were unable to capitalize with bases loaded in the sixth inning.

The series between the Bulldogs and Commodores will begin next Friday at BNA Bank Park. The two teams split the regular season series with Lafayette winning, 7-2, on March 23.

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