E.A. Sports Today

Lady Warriors rolling along

Cherokee County uses seventh-inning rally to beat Jacksonville 7-4, completes undefeated area schedule; now 17 wins better than a year ago

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – Cherokee County’s impressive softball turnaround continued Wednesday night as the Lady Warriors beat Jacksonville 7-4 to complete a six-game sweep of their Class 4A Area 12 schedule.

The Lady Warriors (24-6) scored three in the top of the seventh to break a 4-4 tie.

What makes their turnaround so amazing is the program had won only 21 games in the three previous seasons combined and only two when this team’s seniors were freshmen in 2015.

“I knew they had a hard time,” said coach Drew Hall, the program’s fifth head coach in the last six years. “We sat down before the season and talked about everything everybody had said about them and the program the last few years and used that as fuel.

“They are just hungry. It’s a really cool story for them, just to know where they’ve been to where they are now.”

This year’s team has five seniors who have never hosted an area tournament or been to the regionals as high schoolers. They are Kendal Perry, Jensen Alexander, Emily Williams, Callie Garrett and Erica Ellzey.

Alexander got them going Wednesday night with a three-run homer in the first inning. Ellzey had two hits and Williams had two RBIs.

Williams broke the 4-4 tie with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice and Aubrie Williams followed with a two-out two-run double to center.

Aubrie Williams and Alana Lloyd had two hits. Lloyd pitched the final 1 2/3 innings behind starter Karlee Perry.

The Lady Warriors play at Weaver Thursday.

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