Walker ousted from State Softball Tournament

Lady Vikings lose pair of one-run games

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 5/17/17

MONTGOMERY — The Walker Vikings’ bid for a Class 6A state championship came to an end on Wednesday following a pair of losses to defending champion and No. 6-ranked Chelsea and No. 10 Northview at Montgomery's Lagoon Park.

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Walker ousted from State Softball Tournament

Lady Vikings lose pair of one-run games

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MONTGOMERY — The Walker Vikings’ bid for a Class 6A state championship came to an end on Wednesday following a pair of losses to defending champion and No. 6-ranked Chelsea and No. 10 Northview at Montgomery's Lagoon Park.

In both contests, the Vikings were able to tie the game after early deficits, but failed to come up with a key at-bat to secure a victory.

Walker finishes the year with a 27-11-1 mark, winning the Hueytown Classic Tournament during the year, as well as capturing the 6A, Area 11 championship and earning the second qualifying spot in the North Central Regional Tournament.

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Chelsea 4, Walker 3

The Hornets drove in a fifth-inning run to break a 3-3 tie en route to a 4-3 victory, sending the Vikings into alternate bracket play.

Mabry Norris gave up nine hits in the six-inning loss, with two walks and striking out two batters.

Offensively, Mia Griffin went 1 for 3 with a run scored, three RBIs and a home run, Temperance Chatman had a hit with a run scored, Skylar Birdyshaw, Norris and Ansley Laye each recorded a hit and Abby Trotter scored a run.

Facing a 2-0 Chelsea lead in the top of the third inning, Griffin hit a three-run home run to allow Walker to take the lead, 3-2.

The Hornets tied the game in the bottom of the third inning with a score, then drove in the game-winning hit in the bottom of the fifth inning for the 4-3 final.

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Northview 3, Walker 2

Walker was eliminated from the tournament following a sixth-inning score by Northview for the 3-2 loss.

Norris gave up three hits and four walks in six innings in the circle, striking out six batters.

Offensively, Laye went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, Griffin was 1 for 3 with a run scored, Norris and Khloe Kimbrell each recorded a hit and Chatman had an RBI and a stolen base.

The Vikings tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning on a RBI single by Laye, but the Cougars regained control in the bottom of the inning with a score, 2-1.

Chatman drove in a run in the top of the fifth inning to allow Walker to draw a 2-2 tie, but Northside clinched victory with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 3-2 final.