Eagleville's softball team swept a pair of elimination games in Thursday’s Class A State Tournament, 3-2 over Halls and 5-0 over North Greene, to reach the losers' bracket finals and one of three teams left standing.
It took a walk-off home run in game one and a two-hit shutout in game two from eighth-grader Addisyn Linton to carry the Lady Eagles into the final day of the tourney.
“We brought confidence today and I wouldn’t want to be out here with anyone else,” Linton said of facing elimination. “We had a big crowd, too, that came out and supported us, which always helps with confidence.”
After surrendering two runs in the first inning of the day against Halls, the lefty delivered 13 shutout innings for the remainder of the day.
“I found the strike zone and worked low in the zone,” Linton said of hurling 15 strikeouts and allowing just three walks.
Junior shortstop Ryli Renfro hit a first-inning homer against Halls to even the game at 2-2. Linton broke the tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
“I didn’t have good at-bats earlier in that game, but I still had a job to do and luckily put it over,” Linton said.
The Lady Eagles defeated North Greene behind two solo home runs from eighth-grader Brinli Bain. Renfro homered for the third time in four tournament games with a solo shot in the first inning. Junior center fielder Zoe Ellis doubled in a run in the third. Linton singled in another insurance run to back up a two-hit, 5-0 win.
Eagleville awaits either Huntland or Summertown for Friday's losers' bracket final at 9 a.m.
“I know if we can make plays and swing the bats we can beat 'em,” Linton said.