White County's Heather Herdlika hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second, but Watts added back to Allatoona's lead with a two out RBI single in the third that scored York.
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White County produced two hits from Jacobson and Gstalder, a walk from Herdliska and got help from Nike Air Force 1 High Pink an error to plate two runs in the sixth and take its 12 11 lead. Sangster's sacrifice fly brought in Jacobson for the tying run and Gstalder's single scored Herdliska to complete the rally.
Allatoona took back the lead in the sixth as Watson led off the frame with a double, moved to third on Nesbit's groundout and scored on York's groundout.
O'Shea gave up 10 runs eight earned on 10 hits and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings, while Watson allowed two earned runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings in relief.
Bre Richey batted 2 for 4 with a homer, three RBIs and a run scored to lead the Lady Buccaneers (28 10). Tressa Watson was 2 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and scored a run, while Megan Nesbit was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs. Lyndsey York batted 2 for 4 with an Nike Air Force 1 Blue And White
York's defense in left field also robbed White County of two more potential home runs. Both times she caught the ball and held on to it over the collapsible outfield fence before crashing through.
York led off the second with a single before Richey homered for a 3 1 advantage. Back to back walks to Caitlin O'Shea and Watts, coupled with an error on Chambers' at bat, allowed courtesy runner Lauren Fitch, who was in for O'Shea, to score. Finch's one out single plated Watts and Watson's groundout scored Chambers for a 7 1 margin.
But Allatoona, once again, responded as Nesbit doubled home Chumley and Finch in the fourth and Richey singled in Watson for a 10 5 margin.
"This is the first time (in the tournament) we matched up against someone like us who could hit the ball well, and it's the same for them matching up against us," Pirkle said.
The Lady Warriors tied the contest in the bottom of the fifth behind one out singles from Lindsay Whitmire and Mullis.
state title in its first trip to Columbus came up just a bit short as the Lady Buccaneers fell to White County in a 12 11 slugfest Saturday in the championship game of the Class AAA tournament at South Commons Softball Complex.
"It's happened in past championships," Pirkle said. "Every now and then, you get a championship when both teams are clicking on all cylinders. There's not much you can do except hope that you score more runs than they do. We just happened to come out one short."
White County then got a homer from Aubrie Gstalder before Callie McDonald's two out single scored Sarabeth Cummins and Kristen Mullis to make the score 10 8.
"We played with everything we had," Allatoona coach Troy Pirkle said. "The girls didn't leave anything in reserve. You'd think 11 runs would be enough to win a ballgame, but give all of the credit to White County because those girls came out and swung the bats well, too. We didn't leave anything behind. I can't be more proud of the girls. They gave an all out effort."
Watson's sacrifice fly plated Chambers in the first for a 1 0 Allatoona lead, but Stephanie Satterfield's homer in the bottom half of the frame tied the contest at 1 all.
Both squads produced 12 hits apiece. But White County tallied six runs off four home runs to rally from deficits of 7 2 and 10 5 before grabbing their lead in the bottom of the sixth. The Lady Warriors scored in every inning as they answered Allatoona run for run.
Another White County homer, Morgan Jacobson's two out, three run blast in the bottom of the third, trimmed the Lady Buccaneers lead to 7 5.
and scored twice, while Jessica Finch and Stephanie Watts each had a single, an RBI and a run scored. Kara Chambers singled and scored twice, and Kaitlin Chumley had two hits and a run scored.
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