The Community R-VI Lady Trojans softball team officially changed the culture of the program last week after winning three of four games and earning a second place finish in the New Franklin Tournament.
The Lady Trojans advanced to the championship game before falling to Atlanta, 9-3.
Atlanta scored three runs in each of the first and fourth innings before holding on for the victory.
Alissa Curtis paced the Lady Trojans with two hits.
Pitcher Samm Jett allowed four earned runs and had five strikeouts over six innings pitched.
“I’m very proud of the way the girls played in this game and the tournament as a whole,” said Community R-VI head coach Nathan Carroz. “In the championship, we had some things not go our way. In spite of this, we persevered and kept on competing. We put the ball in play, only striking out twice, but were only able to manage six hits. This ended a great day of softball for our team and we are excited to continue to compete.”
In the first round, the Lady Trojans trailed 6-5 before scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to pull away for a 9-6 win over Higbee.
Both Katie Smith and Maddee Gastler had two hits and one double as part of a 12-hit attack.
Jett tossed 3.2 innings and struck out three while Amber Harrison tossed a third of an inning and gave up three runs with one strikeout. Danie Jackson earned the win after striking out six over three innings pitched for her first victory of the year.
“We did not come out as sharp as I would have liked,” Carroz said. “We did a great job of battling through a tough game at the plate to score nine runs and got the win.”
In the semifinals, the Lady Trojans scored five runs in the fifth inning and three runs in their final at-bat to beat the host Lady Bulldogs, 10-4.
Community R-VI had 15 hits in the win.
Curtis went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored while Jett had three hits, two runs scored, and one stolen base. Both Harrison and Smith had two hits, one run scored, and one stolen base.
Jett earned the win on the mound after allowing three earned runs with two strikeouts.
“A great win for our team,” Carroz said. “New Franklin had the bases loaded in two innings and did not score a run,” Carroz added. “Our team showed great mental toughness. All around good game in the field, on the mound, and at the plate.”
Before the tournament, the Lady Trojans hosted Wellsville-Middletown and crushed the Lady Tigers, 16-2.
Community R-VI scored all of their runs over the first two innings before winning the game in five innings.
Harrison had an inside-the-park home run, a triple, three hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Smith added three hits, a triple, four RBIs, and two runs scored.
Danielle Brooks tallied three hits, three runs scored, four stolen bases, and two RBIs. Chelsea Hoyt added two hits and two RBIs.
Jett earned the win after striking out seven and allowing no earned runs.
“This was a great team win,” Carroz said. “Samm Jett did a great job pitching for us. Everyone in the lineup had a hit and a run scored.