The Fannin Lady Rebels softball team placed second in the Region 7AAA tournament. The Rebels suffered a 5-3 loss in the region finals. The Lady Rebels’ clinched a state tournament birth with a win 8-0 shellacking of the Lady Vikings of East Hall. The game featured a school single season record breaking home run (8) by Karly Thompson. Thompson’s home run came in back to back fashion, as Candace “Blitzkrieg” German brought the thunder in the previous at bat with a two run home run to start the Rebels’ route.
After securing a state tournament trip, the Lady Rebels were playing for seeding, and home games. The Lady Rebels then leapt over the Lady Leopards of Banks with an 8-5 victory that put Fannin in the Finals. German’s RBI single in the top of the first scored Missy Dixon for the first Fannin run of the game. An RBI single by Dixon put Fannin up 2-0.
The top of the fourth saw the Lady Leopards pounce. After loading the bases and scoring a run via walk. A base clearing triple put the Banks up 4-2. Fannin tied the game in the bottom of the inning, as Jace Armstrong hit a two run single that tied the game 4-4. German put the Rebels up for good with a two run double that made the score 6-4.
Dixon’s two run single in the bottom of the fifth provided the last Rebels’ runs of the game. Banks added one more run in the top of the seventh; however Fannin held on to face Dawson for the right to play for the region title.
The Lady Rebels tamed the Tigers with a 5-1 thrashing. The Rebels scored the first three runs of the game. Dixon scored from third on a passed ball. German scored Armstrong, and an RBI double from Amy Mintz scored German for a quick 3-0 lead.
A solo lead off home run by the Lady Tigers in bottom of the third cut the lead to 3-1. The top of the sixth saw Fannin increase the lead with an RBI sac ground out from Katie Brown to make the score 4-1. An RBI double from Mintz in the top of the seventh was the final score of the game.
The taming of the Tigers bought Fannin a finals date with Buford, winner of five straight AA state titles and the number one ranked team in AAA. The Wolves bit first with a two out RBI bunt from Jazmin Hawkins that turned into to a double, due to two errors. The errors proved truly costly as, Noah Sudderth’s two run single put the Lady Wolves up 3-0.
The bottom of the third saw Fannin fall behind 5-0 via a two run home run from Jordan Deap. Fannin found its own offense in the top of fourth, with a two out rally. Josie Millsaps was hit by a pitch with bases loaded for the first Rebels’ run. Dixon followed immediately after with a two run almost triple. She was thrown out at third, keeping her from breaking the state record for triples.
Coach Dyer spoke afterwards about the play.
“We earned everything we got. Missy, taking shot with her, they had to make two great throws. I thought the runs scored before they got her out a third. The kid’s going for a state record in triples, and so we don’t hold her up we just let her play, and they had to make two great throws we got her there and I just didn’t want to be second guessing myself.”
The Lady Rebels will host the first round of the playoffs Wednesday October 10th at 4pm.
Coach Dyer had nothing but praise for his team after the tournament.
“They’re great kids. They’ve battled all year. No one expected us to be here, nobody expected us to do this well.”