Siegel blanks Blackman for 7-AAA softball championship

Siegel’s Presley Leebrick swings hard to send the ball flying against Blackman Friday night in the District 7-AAA championship game. ETHAN SCOTT

Siegel's softball team blanked the Blackman Lady Blaze 6-0 in the District 7-AAA softball tournament championship game Friday night at Oakland High School.

“This is really exciting for us,” Siegel pitcher Sophie Golliver said. “We had a bad week and didn’t win regular season, so it was good to come out and win this because we really needed it.”

The win for Siegel means not only a district tournament title and home game to open regionals, but they will host Lincoln County Monday with a chance to avenge last year’s loss to the Falcons.

“Lincoln County is going to be a tough one,” Siegel second baseman Claire Czajkowski said. “It hits home because they took us out last year, but we are coming in all-in because we know we’ve got business to do.”

Czajkowski drove in four of the Stars’ six runs on the night, including a three-run bomb in the third inning to put Siegel up 4-0 after Caitlyn McCrary broke the 0-0 tie with an RBI double.

“In the past when we’ve played Blackman I’ve had success (at the plate),” Czajkowski said. “My teammates encouraged me so I came to the game with a lot of confidence because of them.”

Golliver tossed her second shutout of the tournament, and only gave up two total runs in four tournament starts.

“How I do on the mound is very important in situations like this,” Golliver said. “These games are some of the most important games, and we needed to win to make regionals. Our goal is to go as far as we can. We’re excited (to play Lincoln County) since they put us out last year and it’s going to be fun to come back and see what we can do.”

Siegel added a run in the fifth and another in the seventh when Czajkowski knocked in McCrary again for the 6-0 lead.

Kendall Andrews went 2-for-4 as the only Blackman player with multiple hits.

While Siegel is hosting Lincoln County Monday night Blackman will be on the road at Coffee County.

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