The Apalachee softball team's season came to a disappointing end Friday afternoon in Columbus as the Wildcats dropped an elimination game 3-2 to Northgate in the GHSA Class AAAAAA Elite Eight tournament.
For the second straight day, the Wildcats, who lost their tournament opener to Pope 3-2 on Thursday, had a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning but saw the opponent rally for the win.
The Vikings scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a steal of home following a one-out single and a hit batsman and single that loaded the bases with two outs.
Northgate advanced to take on Creekview in another elimination game Friday afternoon. Apalachee finished the season 19-12-1.
The Wildcats broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth Friday on back-to-back two-out doubles by Emily Hodnett and S'Niyah Stinson. The Vikings tied it in the bottom of the fifth on a squeeze bunt before Apalachee went back ahead in the sixth when Alexis Griffith doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam Woody.
The Vikings tied it again in the bottom of the sixth on a sac fly of their own. Hodnett led off the top of the seventh with a single for Apalachee, but Northgate pitcher Madison Lumpp got a strikeout and a pair of fly outs to strand the runner.
Hodnett dropped another tough-luck decision in the circle for the Wildcats. The junior went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, five hits and one walk while striking out eight. She finished 2-for-4 at the plate.
Apalachee was making its second Elite Eight appearance in program history and its first since 2007, when it went 3-2 in the tournament and finished fourth.
See a full story in the Oct. 30 edition of the Barrow News-Journal.