Scott's Kayleigh Ellis (12) steals second base under the tag of Logan's Lacy Curry (3) during the sixth inning of Scott's 5-3 win over Logan on Monday at Lick Creek Park (Photo by Bill Lusk/WVOW Sports).
Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports
MADISON Tatum Halley scored on a fifth inning error to break a 3-3 tie and top-seeded Scott added an insurance run in the sixth inning to defeat second-seeded and second ranked Logan, 5-3, to win its third consecutive Class AA Region 4 Section 2 championship Monday evening at Lick Creek Park.
Halley tossed a complete game in the circle for the Lady Skyhawks, allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and Alyssa Shultz drove in two runs with a first inning double as Scott built a 3-0 lead.
Logan answered with three runs in the third to even the contest at 3 and had a chance to take 4-3 lead in the fourth after Taylor Noe singled and stole second base with one out, however, Halley buckled down to get Lacy Curry to fly out to right and get Harlee Quick to ground out to short to end the frame.
Noe’s third inning single got Logan on the board scoring Addison Brumfield and cutting a three-run deficit to two, 3-1. Two batters later, Quick’s single drove in MaKenna Ooten to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
Noe advanced to third on Quick’s single and was caught in a run down between third and home. The fleet footed Noe used her speed and agility to avoid a tag at third and raced home only to collide with Scott catcher Hailey Capps before being tagged out; however, the out was nullified as the home plate umpire awarded Noe the base due to obstruction to tie the game at 3.
The game stayed tied until the bottom of the fifth when Halley walked with one out and moved to second on Natalie Green’s single one batter later. With one out and Dailan Adkins at the plate, Adkins hit a groundball to third baseman Ashlin Brumfield for an apparent force of Halley at third, however, the ball glanced off Brumfield’s glove and then hit Halley skipping into left field and allowing Halley to score the go ahead run giving Scott a 4-3 lead.
The Lady Skyhawks added a sixth inning insurance run when JaKayla Gaiter doubled to score Kayleigh Ellis to make it 5-3.
Noe singled with two outs in the seventh for her third hit of the game, but Halley got Curry to ground out to shortstop Hannah Price for the final out.
Price had a busy day in the field for Scott recording six assists and one putout to back Halley in the circle. Ellis had a diving catch in centerfield to rob Curry of extra bases in the first inning and Shultz added a defensive gem of her own taking a hit away from Ashlin Brumfield with her diving catch in the second inning.
Quick suffered the loss in the circle for the Lady Wildcats after allowing five runs – one earned – on seven hits and two walks in five innings. Myleigh Adkins pitched two scoreless innings in relief and struck out two.
Gaiter had two hits including a double and one RBI for Scott while Ellis had a pair of singles. Shultz had a double and two RBIs and Cambri Barker and Green each had one hit for the Lady Skyhawks.
Noe led Logan with three hits and one RBI while Quick had one hit and drove in a run. Adkins, Addison Brumfield and Ooten each had one hit.
Scott improved to 15-11 with the win and will host game one of the Region 4 championship series against either top-ranked Winfield or Sissonville. Game one is scheduled to begin Monday at Lick Creek Park. Game two will be played on Tuesday at either Sissonville or Winfield and if necessary, game three will be Wednesday at Lick Creek Park.
Logan ends the season with a record of 24-9.