When the Class 1A district tourney opens Monday in Bristol, the Lady Seahawks will be top-seeded, thanks in small part to a coin flip and in large part to a 10-0 victory over Liberty County at home April 16.
“We had to beat Liberty County to finish 9-1 in district play and tied with Wewahitchka for the one seed in our upcoming district tournament,” said coach Scott Collins. “We will be the one seed because we won the coin flip, because by a team vote, we chose tails and won.
“The girls took care of business against Liberty with 15 hits and freshman Sage Brannan probably pitched her best game,” said Collins, whose team posted its 14th win in the last 15 games vs. Liberty.
Because it was senior night, the team bid goodbye to Melanie Collins and Alexus Johnson.
“We are sad to see these two seniors go, as they have been a huge part of our success for so long,” said Collins.
The duo currently leads the team in most hitting categories, with Melanie Collins batting .414 with five doubles, five triples, a homerun and six stolen bases. Johnson is hitting at a .391 clip, with four doubles, a triple and eight stolen bases. They are both life-long honor students, and both of them will be playing at Chipola next year.
Two days later in Tallahassee, the girls won 4-1 against Lincoln.
“The Lincoln game was a huge win because they are an outstanding Class 8A program and to sweep them this year is a bonus,” said the coach. “Junior Jaylin Charles and Brannan combined to pitch an outstanding game and we played solid defense and managed to pick up a few timely hits along the way.”
On April 10 at Chiles, the Lady Seahawks fell 6-1, with Brannan giving up six earned runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking one.
The Lady Hawks managed only six hits, two by sophomore Abby Johnson, including a double, and one each by Collins, eighth grader Kylah Ross, freshman Brooklyn O’Neal and Alexus Johnson, who had the lone RBI.
On April 12 at Vernon, the girls won 15-4 over the Lady Yellow Jackets, including a nine-run fifth inning that sealed it. The team banged out 11 hits, with Brannan and Abby Johnson each driving in three runs, Alexus Johnson and Ross each two, and O’Neal, Collins and Sarah Ham each one. Alexus Johnson and Brannan each doubled, and Collins smacked a triple.
Charles struck out six, giving up four earned runs on five hits.