Softball playoff teams have tough day
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
October 17, 2013 12:53 AM | 1755 views | 2 2 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cherokee’s Layken Adkins takes a swing Wednesday in the first game of the Lady Warriors’ first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff series with Mill Creek.
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Cherokee’s Layken Adkins takes a swing Wednesday in the first game of the Lady Warriors’ first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff series with Mill Creek.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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The softball season will continue at least another day for one of the county’s teams after Creekview split its doubleheader with Woodland-Bartow on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

Elsewhere in postseason play, Sequoyah was swept from the Class AAAAA tournament by Paulding County, Cherokee was swept by Mill Creek in Class AAAAAA and Woodstock was eliminated by Collins Hill.

River Ridge didn’t fare any better in Class AAAA, suffering a sweep at the hands of Alexander.

Creekview (22-9) started out strong, winning its opener against Woodland 2-0.

Gracie Dorr pitched the complete-game shutout for the Lady Grizzlies, allowing just four hits while striking out five.

Ashley Walraven went 2-for-2 to lead Creekview at the plate, singling in the second and fourth innings. She scored in the second inning on a double by Tiffany Godfrey, which gave the Lady Grizzles a 1-0 lead.

Creekview added a second run in the fourth inning when Madison Dionne, who singled, came in to score on a double by Cynda Tate.

Game 2 was a different story for the Lady Grizzlies, who fell behind early and lost 9-6.

Woodland jumped to a 3-1 lead after the first inning, only to see Creekview even the score at 3-all going into the bottom of the second. The score held until the bottom of the fourth when Woodland push four runners across the plate.

Woodland then added two more runs in the fifth for a 9-3 lead before Creekview rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh for the 9-6 final.

Casee Disharoon got the start for Creekview and lasted just three innings after giving up five runs on seven hits. Dorr pitched the fourth inning and gave up four runs on three hits as the team committed three errors. Walraven entered to close out the game with two scoreless frames.

In Game 2, Tate was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Godfrey finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Disharoon was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Sequoyah was unable to muster any offense in its first game with Paulding County and lost 1-0.

Emily Mitchell pitched scattered seven hits across seven innings, while striking out 13 in the loss. She allowed Paulding County to score its lone run in the second inning.

The problem for the Lady Chiefs was that they struck out nine times themselves and recorded just three hits.

The production wasn’t much better in Game 2, although Sequoyah was able to take a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. But Paulding County scored one run in the bottom of the fifth before putting up five in the sixth to go up 6-3.

Mitchell was once again in the circle for Sequoyah and gave up just one hit through the first five innings.

Paulding County did the bulk of its damage after a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases. After that, the Lady Patriots scored on a single before a grand slam cleared the bases.

Sequoyah was unable to get a runner on base in the final frame of the game.

Cherokee (20-13) was shut out by Mill Creek 6-0 in its opening game after mustering just three hits.

It didn’t get any better for the Lady Warriors in Game 2, as they lost 13-6 in six innings and suffered the sweep.

Autumn Bible had two hits for the Lady Warriors in Wednesday’s opening game, and Kindell Reeves struck out five batters and allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings.

Cherokee’s offense just couldn’t get started.

Mill Creek scored a run in the top of the first before adding five in the fourth to essentially put the game away.

In Game 2, the Lady Warriors started strong and held a 5-3 lead after four innings. However, Mill Creek responded with three runs in the fifth before added seven runs in the following frame to end the game after six innings.

Katy Stamey sent 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, while Layken Adkins was also 2-for-3 with an RBI. Reeves was 1-for-3 with an RBI double

Cherokee coach Tonya Carlisle said it just wasn’t meant to be for her team, which suffered a series of injuries late in the season.

“We won the Cherokee County championship and were playing some really good ball then,” Carlisle said. “We have my just peaked too soon.”

Still, the Lady Warriors held their own against one of the top teams in the state. Despite losing Game 1, they didn’t put their heads down, but entered the night cap with the determination to win the game.

“We battled with them and hung in for five innings (in Game 2), but the wheels just kind of fell off there in the sixth,” Carlisle said. “My kids fought hard, and I’m very proud of them. We had some key injuries late in the year and had some freshmen step up and pitch us to a second-place finish (in Region 5AAAAAA). Unfortunately, that region that we match up with their 1, 2, and 3are also the 1, 2 and 3 in the state.

The early exit from the playoffs put a quick end to the use of the Cherokee softball field inside Boling Park. The team will be playing at a new complex beginning in 2014. Cherokee began playing games next to the Etowah River during the 1997 season, but flooding was often an issue. In September, the Cherokee County School Board approved a proposal, which includes a new softball complex, that was made possible by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars.

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Poppy Thompson
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October 17, 2013
Not to take anything from Tiffany Godfrey because she has had a great season but the second inning double and RBI listed above was Senior Tiffany Jordan.

GO GRIZZLIES
Yea So
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October 22, 2013
Tiffany Godfrey is the better Tiffany there Poppy.
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