The Tattnall Square softball team almost pulled it off.
After being pushed into a loser’s bracket game that started after 11:00 p.m. Friday night. The Trojans faced the tall task of defeating Wesleyan twice if they wanted to win the GHSA Class A state championship.
Tattnall Square had to be back on the field at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and, after winning the first game 3-0, the Trojans lost a heartbreaker by the score of 5-4 in nine innings. Wesleyan’s Reece Holbrook hit a walk-off homerun with two out in the ninth for the win.
“I can honestly say that our girls gave everything they had to give, Tattnall head coach Joey Hiller said. “They got about four hours of sleep after the schedule changed due to the threat of weather and we were exhausted, but you never would have known that by the way they played. We have been on a collision course with Wesleyan all year and anyone who got to see the three games against them this weekend saw some excellent softball.
Tattnall Square had a 4-2 lead in the championship game thanks to a four-run third inning. Allie Gordon knocked in the first run and Ashleigh Morton, who pitched all six games, doubled in two more runs. Carley Ingle drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Wesleyan tied the game in the fifth with two runs, but Morton got stronger and pitched three more scoreless innings. But Tattnall could not come up with a run for her, and Wesleyan ended the game in the ninth.
“Ashleigh Morton is my hero,” said Hiller of his senior pitcher. “To pitch every inning of all six games for us is just amazing, and I am so proud of her. We will greatly miss her and all of our seniors next year.”
The area was well represented in the state tournaments held in Columbus, with Perry, Stratford, FPD, Mount de Sales, Rutland, Houston County and Jones County all making it to the final eight, but Tattnall was the only school to make a serious run at a state championship.