COLUMBUS, Ga. — Cambridge softball’s bid for a second straight state championship fell short Saturday when the Lady Bears were eliminated in their third game in the championship bracket. Seeking their first state title, Lambert was eliminated after two close losses.
The Lady Bears dispatched Greenbrier 6-2 to open the tournament and advanced to the second round where they faced Creekview.
The second round game was a rematch of last year’s state championship game, which Cambridge won 4-0. However, the Lady Bears didn’t have their same success this time around.
Cambridge managed just three hits and committed four errors in the 9-1 loss. Creekview had 13 hits, including three for extra bases, against Cambridge starter Genevive Dumas.
Following the loss, Cambridge was relegated to the loser’s bracket where they faced Evans.
Evans opened the game with an RBI single and a two-run home run to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Cambridge cut the lead to 3-2 with Jensen Chesire scoring on a passed ball in the first and Ariel Birnbaum stealing home in the second.
However, Evans exploded for seven runs in the top of the third to take a 10-2 lead.
Evans loaded the bases on a single, a hit batter and walk. Another walk, followed by a two singles, put the score at 7-2. Evans added three more runs on a bases-loaded walk and an error.
Cambridge’s Gabby Givers scored on a Cailey Hart single in the bottom of the third, and the Lady Bears added another run in the sixth off a hit batter, but Evans’ lead was too much to overcome. Evans eliminated Cambridge with the 10-4 win.
Lambert made its second straight championship bracket appearance but was once again out after two consecutive losses Friday.
The Lady Longhorns faced Kennesaw Mountain in the first round and jumped out to a 2-0 lead on RBIs from Skylar Aledia and Kassidy Krupit. The Lady Mustangs responded in the top of the third with a three-run double to go up 3-2.
A sacrifice fly put Kennesaw Mountain up 4-2 in the fifth.
Lambert loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, and a bunt scored Allie Sewell. With one out, Lambert couldn’t tie the game after a runner was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice and a ground-out ending the inning.
Still trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Lambert put two runners on with two outs. However, Catherine Harper was picked off while trying to steal third, ending the game.
Lambert battled in another close game after being relegated to the loser’s bracket where they faced Archer. The Longhorns eventually landed on the short end in extra innings.
In a pitcher’s duel that saw each team accumulate just six hits in nine innings, the score remained 1-1 heading into the 10th.
Harper scored in the top of the inning to give Lambert its first lead since the first and force a must-score situation for Archer.
Lambert starter Kassidy Krupit was still pitching in the 10th when she opened the inning with a walk. That runner would eventually score on a bunt to tie the game at 2-2.
After tying the game, Archer ended Lambert’s season in walk-off fashion with a triple to take the game 3-2.