By Melissa Meador
AMORY – It took Amory’s bats a game and a half to wake up on Tuesday night. The Lady Panthers used a seven-run inning to help put away their first-round 4A slow-pitch softball playoff series over New Albany.
Amory took the first game 7-1 and then ended the second game with their sixth-inning offensive outburst for an 11-0 win.
“We put up four quick runs in the first inning in Game 1 and drug around after that,” Amory coach Chris Pace said. “We waited 13 innings, but once we started clicking, we ended on a good note.”
A two-run single from Alex Stevens, who had six hits on the night, capped that big first inning for Amory (25-5) in the opener.
An RBI double from New Albany’s D’Anna Gillon brought in a run in the second, but Amory padded its lead with an Erin Griffith sac fly in the fifth and a two-run double from Bailey Boyd in the sixth.
Megan Dye had two of New Albany’s seven hits in the first game.
In Game 2, Bailey Oswalt launched a solo homer to left field in the top of the third to open the scoring.
Amory added three in the fifth inning with Griffith’s two-run base hit and Madeline Dean’s RBI single, before plating their seven runs in the top of the sixth.
Aynslee Willis, who went 4 for 4 in the second game, and Carley Westbrook each had an RBI double, while Stevens and Gabby Hall each drove in runs.
New Albany pitcher Lauren Cavender hit a pair of singles in Game 2. Dye hit a double in the sixth, but the runner was tagged out at the plate to end the game.
“We knew Amory had a great team. I credit their pitcher (Savannah Nelson) a lot,” New Albany coach Shane Sanderson said.