PREP SOFTBALL: Holly Pond’s season ends at East Regional with losses to Pisgah, Woodland

The Holly Pond Lady Broncos fell to Pisgah and Woodland at the East Regional Tournament Tuesday. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – The Lady Broncos hit the road Tuesday morning to compete in this year’s East Regional Tournament in Albertville but unfortunately for Bronco fans, Holly Pond’s postseason run came to an end with losses to Pisgah and Woodland.

Pisgah 5 – Holly Pond 1 (Game One)

Samantha Giles and Bai Widner led off the top of the first with back to back singles and Giles came around to score later in the inning to give the Lady Broncos a 1-0 lead.

Pisgah plated a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 2-1 lead and after a scoreless second and third inning, the Lady Eagles added another run in the fourth to make it a 3-1 game. Pisgah tacked on two more runs in the sixth to extend its lead to 5-1 and Holly Pond managed to get a pair of runners on base in the top of the seventh, but a double play cut the scoring opportunity short and secured a 5-1 win for the Lady Eagles.

Giles, Widner, Madyson Rickman, Maycie Black and Maggie Nail each posted a hit for Holly Pond in the loss.

Woodland 5 – Holly Pond 1 (Game Two)

Woodland struck first in their opening at-bats as they loaded the bases with one out. A bases-loaded walk gave them an early lead, then a two-out, two-run single pushed their lead to 3-0. The Lady Bobcats loaded the bases again in the bottom of the second and a base-loaded walk gave them a 4-0 lead. Holly Pond got something going offensively in the top of the fifth. Ellie Burks drew a one-out walk and Maggie Nail lined an RBI triple to center field to cut it to 4-1. The Lady Broncos put a couple of runners on base in the top of the sixth but couldn’t do anything with it. 

Woodland added another run in the bottom of the sixth as they scored on a one-out error to make it 5-1. Holly Pond looked to keep their season alive in the top of the seventh. Molly Neal hit a one-out single, but they couldn’t cut more into the deficit after that as the Lady Broncos’ season came to an end with a 5-1 loss to Woodland.

Nail finished with a hit and an RBI for Holly Pond. Samantha Giles and Neal each added a hit as well.

Holly Pond will lose Giles, Madyson Rickman, Aliyah Ryan, Lexie Smith and Bai Widner to graduation later this month so they will have plenty of shoes to fill as they prepare for another postseason run in 2024.

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